Have your say on future of canal

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Residents in the area are being given the chance to have their say on the future of Pocklington Canal.

People will be asked for their ideas on how the Pocklington Canal could be improved through better information and interpretation and provision of events, activities and opportunities to get involved.

It is all part of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid, led by a partnership including the Canal and River Trust, East & North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership, East Riding Council, the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and Natural England, which if successful could see £500,000 invested in protecting the canal’s delicate ecology and historical features.

A travelling roadshow will be making its way around the town this summer giving people the opportunity to find out more about the project and submit a short survey giving their views.

Over the past two years a draft plan for the canal has been pulled together and the roadshow will enable that plan to be shared with a wide audience and developed to take on board people’s ideas.

Everyone giving their views will be entered into a prize draw to win a family boat trip with Pocklington Canal Amenity Society on their boat New Horizons.

The findings of the survey will be fed into more detailed Visitor Interpretation Plans, Conservation Management Plans and Activity Plans which will be presented for people’s comments at the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society Boat Rally on 25 and 26 July and at Pocklington Summer Fair on 8 August. The final plans will form a key part of the funding bid submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Full details of the roadshow are:

5 May, Pocklington Market

24 May, Pocklington Canal Amenity Society Bi-Centenary Fete, Melbourne Village Hall

6 June, Canal Head

25 and 26 July Pocklington Canal Amenity Society Boat Rally, Melbourne Arm (presenting draft plans)

8 August, Pocklington Summer Fair (presenting draft plans)

In addition a copy of the survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pocklington.