The South Wales & Severn's Waterway Partnership is holding its annual public meeting next week and is encouraging people to attend and discuss a ten-year plan for the region's waterway network.
The Partnership is a group of leading local figures, formed when we were created in July 2012, to work together for the benefit of the people and businesses that use and enjoy the region's network, which includes the River Severn, Sharpness Port and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.
At the meeting they will reflect on what has been achieved over the last year and explain the ways in which communities, local authorities, schools and local businesses can shape and get involved in the exciting plans for the year ahead.
The Partnership's ten-year strategy and three-year action plans outline how, 200 years after they were built, the region's waterways can contribute to areas of day-to-day life by attracting jobs and tourism, promoting healthy lifestyles, improving accessibility and increasing education opportunities.
Their vision for the future of the region's waterways includes:
- Getting local communities more actively involved in helping to maintain their local canal or river through youth projects and adoption schemes
- Working with councils, local businesses, boaters and other users to maximise the contribution that canals and rivers can make to local economies and tourism at key locations
- Promoting the canals as a free gym that can benefit people's health, by improving towpath routes and links between key destinations.
The public meeting will take place at The Dock Office, Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2EB on Wednesday 22 October from 6pm. Refreshments will be provided from 5.30pm onwards. For more information and to confirm your attendance email [email protected] or call 01452 318008.