News article created on 21 February 2020

We are inviting you to have your say on the future of our canals in Staffordshire and the West Midlands

We are encouraging local people, boaters and interested groups to come along to its next annual public meeting to have their say on the future of the canals in Staffordshire and West Midlands

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Stafford

Taking place on 27 February in Stafford County Buildings, Stafford, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, the meeting will give people the chance to hear our plans for the year ahead and discuss the future of the region’s waterways.

Special guests

With special guest speaker John Henderson, chief executive at Staffordshire County Council, the evening will give an insight into the benefits that canals have on the health and wellbeing of local communities and provide details of the changes that are being made to improve access to the canals in Staffordshire so that the towpaths are available year-round.

The meeting will discuss how our canals within the region are set to play an important role in connecting visitors to Commonwealth Games venues in Birmingham in 2022 and how the Coventry Canal will play a central role in the celebrations for the City of Culture in 2021.

Meet the team

There will also be the opportunity to meet the experts and local teams from the Trust whose job it is to look after the canals and to also meet some of the volunteers who donate their time to help keep the canals a lovely place to visit.

Adnan Saif, director for West Midlands region of the Trust, said: “This is a really exciting time for the Canal & River Trust across the whole of the West Midlands region and we want to report back and share our plans with local people and groups.

“We’ve got some interesting initiatives under way, with others in the pipeline, and we’re really looking forward to presenting our ideas and hopefully gathering some more from people joining us on the night. 

"Our aim is to realise the full social and economic potential of the canals for boosting tourism, creating jobs or simply offering green spaces and opportunities to get away from it all.

“We would welcome anyone, no matter what their interest, to come along and find out about the work we’re doing, how they might be able to benefit and perhaps get involved themselves.” 

The address for the meeting is County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford, ST16 2LE.

To book your place visit the Eventbrite website.