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Organisations to work in partnership for Canal Basin’s future

Published Monday, 09 July 2018

Coventry City Council and the Canal & River Trust are set to work closely together in order to ensure the future of the city’s Canal Basin.

In a report set for Cabinet on 17 July, the Council’s Business, Economy and Enterprise Scrutiny Board’s Task and Finish group have proposed a number of recommendations for the canal and Canal Basin to reach their full potential.

Cllr John McNicholas, Chair of the Business, Economy and Enterprise Scrutiny Board, said:

“The canal and Canal Basin are brilliant assets to the city, and it’s important that we continue to work together with partners in order to sustain its future and ensure that it’s really used to its full potential.

“The canal is a wonderful space for nature running right through the city and the Canal Basin is already host to a range of great cultural assets such as the Tin Music and Arts, as well as a number of artworks. We want to build on this as we approach such a pivotal time for the city and see the Canal Basin really thrive and be well used by Coventry residents and visitors.”

“There are really simple things that can be done that we believe will help improve the use of the Canal Basin, including better signage to the area and the removal of the wall on the junction of St. Nicholas St and Leicester Row. This will help people get in to the Canal Basin and explore this hidden gem

“I’m looking forward to continuing to assist in shaping these proposals following my appointment to the West Midlands Canal and River Trust Board of Trustees.” 

Other recommendations included in the report include working with the Canal & River Trust to conduct a full review of the use of the canal and Canal Basin to create a clear vision and aspiration for its increased use.

Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s West Midlands Advisory Board, said;

“The Coventry Canal and Canal Basin have the potential to really enhance the lives of people living and working in the city. As a charity we know that spending time by the water can help us feel happier, more relaxed and increase our sense of wellbeing so to have these amazing waterways on our doorstep is fantastic. We’re looking forward to working with Coventry City Council to improve the city’s waterways and make them more accessible so that more people can experience the benefits of spending time by the water.”

View the full report and all recommendations

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