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The kindest cut: cleaner canals campaign launched
Monday 18th July, 2005

A voluntary scheme has been launched in Wigan involving businesses along the Leeds Liverpool canal in a bid to keep towpaths free of litter.

Local firms that sign up to the scheme will adopt a stretch of towpath near to their premises and maintain a high level of cleanliness.

In return for keeping the towpath neat and tidy, each business that gets involved will receive all the equipment necessary as well as signage and possibly floral planting and other improvements that will enhance the appearance of their site.

Wigan Council, Mersey Basin Campaign, and British Waterways have worked together to develop the Canalside Care scheme. Crucial to the success of the scheme will be partnership working with local businesses on the canal side.

Canalside Care is to be launched on Tuesday 12th July, and will be attended and opened by the Mayor of Wigan. The Navigation Inn in Gathurst, along with the Crawford Arms Pub in Haigh, are the first businesses to get involved, and it is hope that more firms will get involved to create a network of Canalside Care participants.

Judith Allnutt, Mersey Basin Campaign Co-ordinator, said: "The Canalside Care programme has been set up to improve local environmental quality by reducing litter on the Leeds Liverpool towpath. It is also an opportunity to engage local businesses in good environmental practice and raise the profile of their establishment."

The Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Brian Jarvis, said: "Our waterways are important recreational sites for residents and visitors to the Borough alike. This scheme is a great way to work in partnership to make sure these areas are nice and clean so that people can enjoy the waterside in great surroundings."

Carol Coombe, Landlady of the Navigation, added: "Itís great to be involved in this scheme and to be the first to take part. We already take great pride in keeping in the towpath and access points to the canal tidy. This scheme helps to give The Navigation recognition for the work we carry out and doesnít cost us a penny."

If any businesses are interested in taking part in the Canalside Care scheme or would like to find out more, then please contact Gemma Tomlinson on (0161) 242 8214.

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