Community Payback take to the water to clean up canal

18 Mar 2015

Community Payback take to the water to clean up canal

Britain’s second longest canal is being given a spring clean by our Community Payback team in Burnley. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which is 127 miles long, is being spruced up in time for the summer.

During a two-day clean-up, which took place last week, around 60 bags of litter as well as car tyres, supermarket trolleys, a bed and a pram were all fished from the canal. The initiative is a partnership project between the CRC, Burnley Council and the Canal and River Trust.

Lorraine Slater, Community Payback Practice Manager for the CRC, says: ‘This is a fantastic example of Community Payback providing a valuable public service not only to local Burnley residents but to the thousands of visitors who come here. The team of men and women have worked hard over the last two days removing rubbish and tidying up the banks over a 7-mile stretch from Rose Grove to Hapton. This is part of an ongoing project which will see us working on the canal for the next few months.’

Council’s executive member for community services Tony Harrison said: ‘Keeping the canal litter-free will boost the look of the developing Weavers’ Triangle and will attract more tourists into the borough, once again highlighting the Leeds & Liverpool Canal as an asset to the town.’

Canal & River Trust supervisor for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Mark Ferris, said: 'This partnership initiative is a ‘win-win’ for everyone. The canal gets spruced up which improves the environment for everyone while providing meaningful and worthwhile work for the Community Payback team.'


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