Halton MP Derek Twigg has given his support to the Unlock Runcorn campaign, as he visited the site of the unused locks last Friday. Derek was joined by Halton Borough Council leader Rob Polhill, who has also backed the proposals to restore the canal locks in the old town.
Reopening the locks will reinstate the link between the end of the Bridgewater Canal in Runcorn and the Manchester Ship Canal,creating a second Cheshire Ring with the River Weaver and historic Anderton Boat Lift. This would bring in huge amounts of passing trade on the canal, and could be the key to regenerating the whole town.
The site visit, organised by representatives from the Runcorn Locks restoration society, was also attended by supportive local residents, including the neighbouring Buddhist Temple (Wat Phra Singh), local cllrs, and members of the press. With growing support for the campaign, Derek Twigg suggested that the next step is to arrange a meeting of all stakeholders, and promised to work alongside Halton Borough Council to push the agenda for re-opening the locks.
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Our next event will be a 'Big Dig' in August, where we hope to get an even bigger gathering of the local community to show their support for the campaign! Details will follow soon, but for now, you can sign up to support the Big Dig here: