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Towpath improvements between Cheddleton Heritage sites to commence

Works to make a popular stretch of canal towpath more accessible and user-friendly for the local community are set to begin shortly.

The works being carried out by the Canal & River Trust, the charity responsible for the nation’s waterways, will see the Caldon Canal towpath around Cheddleton resurfaced providing walkers, cyclists and disabled visitors with a clean, green traffic-free route. The ‘Connecting the Heritage’ project, will link two of the area’s most important and popular historic attractions, Churnet Valley Railway Station and Cheddleton Flint Mill, making it easier for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs to visit. The project will also see two wheelchair-friendly boat access points created at the Flint Mill, specially designed in conjunction with The Beatrice Charity.

CVLLP calls for local people to start celebrating

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape Project (CVLLP) has now started work on its exciting programme of projects. Two new recruits are now actively working with the local community – Helen Anderson has been appointed Community Engagement Officer and Suzanne Cole is the Community Grants Officer.   Both are vital to support the programme because the CVLLP is tasked with sustainably managing the landscape of the Churnet Valley through community involvement.

Earlier this year the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) endorsed the CVLLP’s initial proposals and awarded a £1.89 million grant as part of its Landscape Partnership (LP) scheme.  These proposals are now becoming reality with the start of a programme of projects aimed at providing long term social and environmental benefits for the area.  The programme will run for the next four years ensuring that the outstanding assets of the Churnet Valley are protected, enhanced and celebrated for generations to come.