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Canal waterfront in Skipton to benefit from make-over

Craven District Council, in partnership with the Canal & River Trust is drawing up plans to refurbish the Leeds Liverpool Canal waterfront in Skipton Town Centre.

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The council has hired landscape architects Newground to develop proposals to improve the canal waterfront.

These include plans to improve the canal pathways in the town centre, upgrade bins and benches, and improve signage and lighting.

A drop-in consultation event is being held on October 5, from 4pm to 7pm at Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton. This will be followed with an online survey and a display in Skipton Town Hall from October 9 to 13. 

Councillor Simon Myers, lead member for Enterprising Craven, said: "The Leeds Liverpool Canal waterfront in Skipton is a prominent feature of the town with the stretch between Gawflatt Bridge and Belmont Bridge an important route for both visitors and local residents.

"It's almost 20 years since this waterfront area was renovated, and while it is still a high quality environment we believe it's time to improve this area for the benefit of residents and tourists.

"We would like as many people to get involved in this consultation. We want to understand how people currently use and view the canal waterfront and what they think of the proposals to improve it, and we welcome any suggestions to refine the scheme."

Officers from Craven District Council, Newground and the Canal & River Trust will be available at the drop-in event to answer any questions and talk through the plans.

A number of improvements to the canal in Craven have taken place over the last few years. In 2016 Craven District Council and the Canal & River Trust worked together on a £450,000 project, funded by the Department of Transport, which helped to improve the canal towpath between Skipton and Bradley in 2016.

Craven District Council and the Canal & River Trust are also bidding for funding from the Rural Development Programme for England, to further improve cycle and pedestrian connectivity along the Canal corridor.

Craven District Council has agreed to contribute £200,000 towards this project, which would improve accessibility along the canal for local residents and enhance the waterway as a visitor destination for walkers, cyclists, boaters and canoeists.