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Defra workshop about towpath improvement

31st October 2014 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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Next Friday, 7th November, a representative from Defra is coming to the Overwater Marina to conduct a workshop to see how successful a large local project was using EU and Defra funds.

Regular readers may remember that the Parish Plan Community Projects team bid successfully for approaching £40,000 from an EU fund and also attracted £10,000 matched funding from a range of other organisations.

The work involved improving 600m of towpath from Audlem Locks, mainly from just north of the River Weaver aqueduct up to Bridge 80.

Lengthy stretches used to be a quagmire, particularly in winter, making it unwalkable but the new hardcore seems to have solved that completely, making the Overwater Marina accessible on foot and enabling boaters to walk into Audlem from the marina.

In addition, touch-screen computers, designed by Audlem's ThenMedia and built by local resident Julian Harrison, carrying masses of tourist and other information, were installed in the Mill Shop at Audlem Wharf and at the marina.

Eight representatives from around the village, including boaters, Canal & River trust volunteers, Audlem Lass, Audlem Ramblers, Community Projects team, ThenMedia, Audlem Mill and Overwater Marina will meet up for the 90-minute session.

Hopefully, Defra will be impressed by what they learn about this project, completed three years ago.


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