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Canal path work to begin by autumn

Canal path work to begin by autumn

Published at 8:07am 13th July 2015. (Updated at 9:02pm 13th July 2015)

A £450,000 project to transform a canal path south of Skipton is set to begin this autumn.

The council says the work will revitalise a stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal between Skipton and Bradley.

Craven District Council and the Canal & River Trust secured the funding from the Department for Transport.

Plans are now available to view and residents are being asked for any comments on the proposals.

Councillor Simon Myers, Lead Member for Enterprising Craven, said: "I'm delighted this project will get under way later this year. It will improve links for residents and will benefit cyclists and walkers who struggle to use this stretch of the canal at present.

"It will also link Skipton town centre with Snaygill Industrial Estate, the largest employment site in the Craven District.

"We urge people to give their views on these plans and look forward to providing a better environment for residents and visitors alike."

The towpath along this stretch of the canal is currently in a poor condition, with very little visible stone or hard surfacing.

It makes access difficult for most users, except those on mountain bikes.

The Canal & River Trust has received complaints in the past about the condition of the towpath in this area and has observed that few people currently use it in the winter.

A spokesman said: "Due to the finite resources which we work with, there were no immediate plans by Canal & River Trust to undertake any significant works along this stretch of towpath with our own funds."