The partnership works closely with our local waterway management team to help shape plans, guide our spending decisions, develop contacts with local people, seek new funding and champion the interests of the waterways.
The new partnership members are:
- John Yates, a heritage conservation specialist from Wem, Shropshire.
- Nicola Said, a marketing expert from Wrexham.
- Mike Carter, a marine surveyor from Weaverham, Cheshire.
- Sara Mogel, a further education specialist from Caerwys, Flintshire.
- Campbell Boyle, a construction specialist from Gnosall, Stafford, Staffordshire.
- Barry Stamp, a councillor and charity CEO from Stafford, Staffordshire.
- Sue Cawson, leader on education on the waterways from Audlem, Cheshire.
The North Wales & Borders waterway includes six contrasting canals and rivers and two magnificent visitor attractions – Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World heritage site. Other highlights include the wildlife havens of the Montgomery and Shropshire Union Canals, the holiday hot spot of the Llangollen Canal and the historically significant River Weaver.
The waterway stretches from Ellesmere Port to Wolverhampton, Runcorn to Winsford, Llangollen to Nantwich and Frankton to Newtown in Powys on its way running through varied villages, towns and the city of Chester.
Partnership chair, Brenda Harvey explained: “Our area boasts some of the UK's quietest and busiest stretches of the 2,000 mile canal network and some of its greatest treasures. I am delighted to welcome our new partnership members whose wealth of experience will be of great value.
“These are exciting times for our waterways and all the members of the North Wales and Borders Waterways Partnership look forward to working alongside the local management team to make the most of this important historical asset for the benefit of users, visitors and nearby communities.
“Our canal network really can be enjoyed by everyone whether they are a boating enthusiast, jogger, cyclist or just someone who enjoys being out in the fresh air.”