Work to start on canal makeover

Walkers on the Rochdale Canal, Mytholmroyd, which will be given a makeover by Calderdale Council and Pennine Prospects
Walkers on the Rochdale Canal, Mytholmroyd, which will be given a makeover by Calderdale Council and Pennine Prospects
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The Rochdale Canal in Mytholmroyd will be given a makeover thanks to a joint project by Calderdale Council and Pennine Prospects.

Work will begin next week to improve access to the canal.

The towpath between Redacre bridge and Burnley Road in the centre of the village will be resurfaced and a new ramp and steps will be constructed to allow easier access at the bridge.

There will be opportunities for the local community to get involved in wildflower and bulb planting along the canalside once the construction work is complete.

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “This will be a great scheme for Mytholmroyd.

“It builds on successful regeneration projects brought forward by Royd Regeneration in recent years and will open up this popular stretch of canal to greater numbers of visitors.”

The project is being carried out under the Canal Connections programme, which aims to encourage more people to visit and enjoy the canal through improvements to the environment, access and interpretation.

Wide community support for the scheme has been received, with a large majority of people stating that an improved towpath surface would encourage them to use the canal more.

The project has also received the backing of Royd Regeneration.

Work will be carried out by Luddenden Foot firm Jagger Construction Services Ltd under the supervision of Calderdale Council’s engineering services department. It is expected to take around ten weeks to complete.

A contractors’ compound will be established next to the car park at Grange Dene for the duration of the works.

Funding for the project is being provided through the South Pennines LEADER programme, which is jointly funded by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.