171% Tow-Path Increase for Wolverhampton Canals!

Yesterday during a Canal and River Trust Meeting I was informed along with others, that CRT had recorded a 171% increase in people using towpaths on Wolverhampton Canals.

Now my own experience supports this statistic.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the ‘Lockdown’ that featured. It was very noticeable that after years of urging Local People to discover and use our Wyrley and Essington canal. They were! and in huge numbers! The rocketing use by 171% gives evidence that our Canal network is a fantastic asset that we should not ignore here in the City of Wolverhampton.

Many people will see what a fantastic asset canals are to our community. Here in Wednesfield we have managed to turn our Canal, into a Local Nature Reserve. From the heart of Wolverhampton, right through to the Borough boundary at Perry Hall Bridge.

When Walsall can finally get their act together and sign the documentation, they will join The City of Wolverhampton, Canal and River Trust, strengthening the Local Nature Reserve. Plus, it will stretch, this historic LNR through Walsall Borough, all the way to Chasewater, in Staffordshire. Making it the longest Local Nature Reserve in the Country.What a fantastic 20 miles plus walk that will be!

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Please continue to use the canal here in Wednesfield, enjoy the peace and tranquility, spot the wild life, and enjoy the waterway and the historic Narrowboats that still use the canal. But please take your rubbish home with you! If you used the canal during Lockdown, I would be interested to hear your comments.Also what you think about the extension of the LNR through to Chasewater.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more