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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
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A campaign has been launched in Leigh, Greater Manchester, aimed at using the canal system as a catalyst for regeneration. It will benefit businesses, create new work opportunities, new homes and a thriving and healthy community where people can live, work and play.
The campaign was launched by local MP Andy Burnham supported by Wigan Council, the Canal & River Trust and the Bridgewater Canal Company. The Council is focusing on Leigh as part of its wider Waterfront Improvements Plan.
Mr Burnham is the chair of a working group of councillors and officials, the Trust, The Peel Group (who own the BridgewaterCanal), Groundwork Trust, housing groups and local businesses who all recognise how vital the canals are to the local area and community.
The Leeds & Liverpool and Bridgewater canals meet in the centre of Leigh, and the campaign aims to highlight their importance to the town and capitalise on their potential benefits to local businesses, housing and health and wellbeing.
The canals and their historic waterside buildings are seen as crucial to the area’s regeneration with a number of major developments already in the pipeline which will increase the town’s appeal to investors.
The launch of the campaign took part during a day of action when volunteers helped to spruce up the canal with a litter pick, graffiti removal and bulb planting. These environmental improvements are all aimed at increasing the profile of the canal as a leisure facility, promote healthy lifestyles and to promote volunteering and community involvement.
Andy Burnham is keen to promote both the business regeneration aspects of the campaign and the healthy lifestyle opportunities, being himself a regular cyclist along the towpath.
Mr Burnham said: “We have a great opportunity to use our fantastic waterways to help us to regenerate Leigh and to provide a great place for local people to visit. The local community, including residents, businesses and schools can play a vital part in improving the area and we rely on people being willing to get involved. A canal festival is being planned for later in the year and this should be a great event.”
Wigan councillor David Molyneux said: “Leigh and its waterfront have a bright future. There are ambitious plans to develop new homes and businesses around the canal bringing more jobs to the area and a new marina will open later in 2015 increasing tourism in Leigh.”
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal