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Major £450,000 project to transform canal paths from Skipton to Bradley

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

Craven District Council and the Canal & River Trust secured the funding from the Department for Transport as part of the Cycle Ambition grant programme.

The work to revitalise the 4km stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal from Skipton to Bradley will now begin in early autumn and should take around 10 weeks to complete.

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 underway 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 - it is muddy with very little visible stone or hard surfacing.

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

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

"Therefore this represents a very valuable investment in our waterways by the Department for Transport and one which we very much welcome."

The proposed surfacing is a self-bind material which would be in keeping with the general surrounding landscape.

Further details on the proposals can be viewed here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/consultations/current-consultations

The Canal & River Trust is asking for any comments about the proposals to be emailed to nick.smith3@canalrivertrust.org,uk