News article created on 24 May 2017

Community payback scheme helps restore Montgomery Canal towpath for all to enjoy

A project to transform the towpath for local people along the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire is steaming ahead thanks to a partnership between us and the Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company.

Montgomery Canal community payback

We are working with the Community Rehabilitation Company to carry out towpath improvements along the canal between Burgeddin Lock and Arddleen Bridge in Shropshire, resurfacing a 500-metre stretch of towpath with new hard stone.

Sarah Lalieu, our enterprise manager said: "We are delighted to be working again with Community Rehabilitation Company following last year’s successful project to deliver improvements to the canal corridor for the benefit of local people and visitors. It offers participants the chance to learn valuable work skills and is a highly cost-effective way to improve the canal towpath for the benefit of the whole community who use the canal for walking and cycling."

David Cadmore, senior probation officer at Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company added: "We are pleased to have been invited to be a part of a project that will help to return the waterway to a thriving community resource allowing access for local people to enjoy the canal and countryside. In doing so, the participants of Community Payback will be able to offer something tangible back to residents."