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A canalside walk - and a sit down

12 November 2012

Whether you’re out for a gentle stroll or walking the dog along the Nottingham Canal in Trowell, it’s always good to sit down and take in the beautiful views.

But until recently there was nowhere to have a rest along the one and a half mile route.

John and Kath Dunbar from Ellesmere Drive in Trowell set out to rectify this and applied for Local Improvement Scheme funding through their local councillor Ken Rigby.

John said: “We’ve walked this route regularly for 25 years and bump into many of our friends along the way.

“Recently an elderly lady who had suffered a stroke complained there was nowhere to sit down and she found the walk quite exhausting.”

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme allocates funding to communities throughout the county for environmental, heritage, highways and conservation projects.

Kath added: “We mentioned the issue to Ken Rigby and within months we’ve had seven benches installed which have been welcomed by everyone we’ve spoken to.

“I think in the last few weeks we’ve seen more elderly out walking as they know they can have a rest every now and again.”

The £3k project was in partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council who contributed £500 and installed the benches – four at the Nottingham Road end of the canal, two at Pitt Lane Recreation area and one at Swansea Bridge.

Coun Rigby, who is regularly seen jogging and walking along the route, added: “This is such a popular area for walkers and I’m delighted that having the benches installed has encouraged more people to walk alongside the canal.

“There is a real wealth of wildlife here as well as buzzards, kingfishers and woodpeckers and I can think of no better place for a pleasant afternoon’s stroll.”


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