We're inviting local people to have their say about how the Kensal Town stretch of the Grand Union Canal between Great Western Road and Gasworks Dock can be made a safer and more pleasant place for everyone to enjoy.
The consultation is being carried out in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Meanwhile Gardens and Sainsbury’s.
Details of the consultation and proposals are available online and are also on display at the Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury’s and on the towpath at Meanwhile Gardens. The consultation will run until Friday 8 February 2013. People who fill out the online consultation form will be entered into a draw to win one of three £50 Sainsbury’s vouchers.
Residents, people who work nearby, visitors travelling through the area and interested community groups are invited to join Volunteer Towpath Rangers at the Meanwhile Gardens Playhut, Elkstone Road, W10, on 28 January (6pm–8.30pm) for a drop-in session to discuss the plans further.
The Grand Union Canal towpath offers an ideal traffic-free green route into central London. However, in Kensal Town the towpath can get very busy, so it is important that all users are considerate of one another. The Canal & River Trust’s ‘Share the Space’ campaign encourages people to consider others when using London’s towpaths by sharing the space, dropping their pace, always being courteous to others and remembering that pedestrians have priority.
Dick Vincent, towpath ranger at the Canal & River Trust, said: “The canal is a fantastic piece of public open space in the heart of our crowded city. It is home to some unique industrial heritage and provides valuable wildlife habitat, as well as being a popular place to unwind and escape from the rush. We want to hear the thoughts and ideas of the people who live and work near the canal.
“We hope that people will come along and see the ideas that we have for the Grand Union Canal, and give us their suggestions of how else we can improve the towpath to make it a safer, more pleasant place.”
Transport for London and the Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways) developed a London Towpath Management Plan in 2006 which has led to substantial investment in towpath improvements to reduce conflicts and improve conditions for everyone who enjoys using the towpath. This consultation is part of delivering that ongoing plan.