Warrington council has appointed Celtic Technologies to the reclamation work on Woolston New Cut Canal
The proposals will improve a 400m stretch of the canal, owned by Peel Ports, and include access improvements to the adjoining council owned site, both of which are designated sites of importance for nature conservation.
The use of green compost and other recycled materials is a major feature of the scheme, which will also improve existing wildlife habitats and create new ones.
The works are part of a £1.25m project funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency’s REVIVE programme, together with resources from the Waste Resources Action Programme.
The council and its partners have been working together for some years investigating an environmentally friendly means of improving the canal, which contains sediment that is polluted because of historical industrial waste, discharged into the River Mersey upstream of Warrington.
Louise Morrissey, director of Land and Planning for Peel Holdings stressed the value of partnership working across sectors by saying:
“Peel and the council have worked hard over a number of years to find a way to transform this derelict industrial canal into a modern recreational resource for the community. The techniques involved in this project are innovative and we hope will work well on other parts of the canal.”
The works are expected to take up to six months and when completed will provide a major open space facility in the Woolston area. The site adjoins the existing Paddington Meadows Local Nature Reserve; together they will create more than 35 hectares of open space with a significant educational resource.