Windfall will help float Burnley canal project

This Is Lancashire: New life is being breathed into the Leeds and Liverpool canal area New life is being breathed into the Leeds and Liverpool canal area

A CAMPAIGN to breathe fresh life into one of Burnley’s best-known waterways has received another significant boost.

Eco-crusaders will learn about everything from dry-stone walling to hedge-laying as part of a £180,000 Canal and River Trust initiative along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Burnley Canal Communities Project has concentrated on improving a six-kilometre stretch from Gannow Tunnel to the old Bank Hall pit.

And those signing up for volunteering can secure qualifications from a City and Guilds certificate in chainsaw use to aboricultural recognition from the Royal Forestry Society, to St John Ambulance first aid training.

Trust enterprise manager Stephen Higham said: “The project commits us to expanding our range of volunteering opportunities.

“But with this funding we will also be able to offer training and education opportunities to participants, resulting in new skills and qualifications which will enable individuals to access the job market more easily.”

The trust will be looking to work with people who are unemployed or socially isolated, or who may have physical or mental health issues.

Alison Rowe, a Big Lottery Fund spokesman, added: “The project in Burnley will not only provide local people with interesting and useful new skills but also improve the canal corridor through the town centre.”

The waterway through Burnley and other East Lancashire towns will also benefit from a major arts initiative – Super Slow Way – which was given £2m by Arts Council England earlier this year.

Plans were also recently unveiled which could see a new marina created at a revamped Brierfield Mills.

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8:47am Thu 19 Dec 13

DaveBurnley says...

Now try to educate some people in the fact that the canal is not a place to dump bin bags of rubbish.
Now try to educate some people in the fact that the canal is not a place to dump bin bags of rubbish. DaveBurnley

11:13am Thu 19 Dec 13

Darren1951 says...

"....one of Burnley’s best-known waterways...."
How many other "waterways" are there in Burnley?
"....one of Burnley’s best-known waterways...." How many other "waterways" are there in Burnley? Darren1951

5:11pm Thu 19 Dec 13

BIGGLESTOE says...

Darren1951 wrote:
"....one of Burnley’s best-known waterways...."
How many other "waterways" are there in Burnley?
Rivers Calder and Brun help?!
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: "....one of Burnley’s best-known waterways...." How many other "waterways" are there in Burnley?[/p][/quote]Rivers Calder and Brun help?! BIGGLESTOE

6:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Darren1951 says...

BIGGLESTOE wrote:
Darren1951 wrote: "....one of Burnley’s best-known waterways...." How many other "waterways" are there in Burnley?
Rivers Calder and Brun help?!
Not really, being as how a waterway is defined: "any navigable body of water". I don't really think they qualify.
[quote][p][bold]BIGGLESTOE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: "....one of Burnley’s best-known waterways...." How many other "waterways" are there in Burnley?[/p][/quote]Rivers Calder and Brun help?![/p][/quote]Not really, being as how a waterway is defined: "any navigable body of water". I don't really think they qualify. Darren1951

8:43am Fri 20 Dec 13

DaveBurnley says...

Strictly speaking, Darren is correct.


I suppose the LT reporter doesn't have time to check his usage of the English language before he / she puts it on line.
Strictly speaking, Darren is correct. I suppose the LT reporter doesn't have time to check his usage of the English language before he / she puts it on line. DaveBurnley

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