Views sought for waterways project

Market Weighton canal
Market Weighton canal

THE VIEWS of residents in the region are being sought to help bring two historic local waterways back to life.

The East Riding and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership is researching how the Market Weighton Canal and River Foulness can, once again, play a role in the life of the local community and be made more available for a variety of leisure and recreational uses.

The two waterways once played an important role in the life of the local community, carrying local farm produce and bricks via the Humber to all parts of the country. But now little activity takes place either on or beside the waters.

On behalf of the partnership, Newport Parish Council has commissioned consultants, led by Colin Blundel of The Planning Company, to develop a feasibility study for the canal and the river.

Mr Blundel said: “Waterways regeneration projects have been very successful elsewhere in the country and there is clearly potential in the East Riding to raise their profile and encourage their recreational use, whilst retaining their importance as wildlife corridors and historic resources.”

The project team wants to hear the opinions of local people about what they would like to see within the corridors of the two waterways, how the local environment of the river and canal can be improved and how they can be developed to improve tourism. It also wants to know what residents’ long-term vision for the river and canal is and if they have any memories about them that they would like to share.

You can send your views to Mr Blundel by Saturday 30 June by e-mailing info@theplanningcompany.co.uk or writing to Market Weighton Canal Study, c/o Newport Parish Council, 7 Oak Drive, Newport, East Yorkshire HU15 2QU. Alternatively, visit the project’s web page www.marketweightoncanal.co.uk or its Facebook page ‘Market Weighton Canal and River Foulness Feasibility Study 2012.’

Market Weighton Canal originally stretched from River Head, south of Market Weighton, to the Humber at Weighton Lock and was an important transport artery before the coming of the railways and the dominance of road haulage.

The River Foulness flows from above Holme-on-Spalding Moor down to its confluence with the canal upstream of Newport and is the location of one of Britain’s oldest iron industries and extensive local Roman settlement.