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Huddersfield narrow canal to receive £400k winter makeover
Friday 2nd December 2016 @ 15:02 by Adam Higgins
Mossley & Saddleworth News Stalybridge

The Huddersfield narrow canal, which runs through parts of Tameside, is receiving a winter makeover.

The Canal and River Trust is investing £400,000 to carry out essential maintenance works to the canal at locks in Uppermill, Mossley and Stalybridge.

Sections of the canal will be drained of water and hundreds of fish will be rescued and moved to other parts of the canal before the old lock gates are replaced with hand-crafted ones made in Yorkshire.

The charity, which cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways nationwide, is undertaking the repairs as part of its annual programme of restoration across the country.

David Baldacchino, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is much loved but people may not realise that there’s quite a lot of work needed to look after it.

“We’re investing quite a bit of money into new lock gates. It’s painstaking, specialised work but the canal is an important part of the region’s heritage so it’s right that we devote some time and craftsmanship to help continue its restoration and protect it for future generations.

“The new hand-crafted lock gates will help to conserve water and keep the canal running smoothly so everyone can enjoy it.”