The Wyrley & Essington canal is a huge economic benefit for Wednesfield.
I am hoping that 2018 will be a record year for use of this canal, both in terms of its operation, the number of overnight stays that boaters make, and the attraction that the canal has for walkers, and naturalists.
The canal has a marvellous 220 year old heritage, that Wednesfield is fortunate to have, still operating through its heart, and it is there to use to its maximum.
Already planned for next year is an important ‘clear -up’ operation, when volunteers from across the region and further, will gather in March 2018 to remove rubbish that has been dumped. The Volunteers on their garbage clean up will improve both the environment and the navigation.
Wolverhampton City Council, The Birmingham Canal & Navigation Society, The Canal & River Trust, with Wednesfield volunteers all working in partnership will be involved with this initiative.
Plus I am also announcing today that two further Explorer Narrow boat Cruises will arrive at moorings in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield in 2018;-
•The Explorer Cruise will arrive at the moorings in the Bentley Arm on Wednesday the 23rd May 2018.
• The Explorer Cruise will arrive at the moorings on Thursday at the Bentley Arm 21st June
This is great news for our historic village and these events will again throw attention onto Wednesfield and what we are doing to enhance our local economy. Tourism can play a significant part in developing the Local Economy further. Whether it be via History initiatives, or by using the Wyrley & Essington canal to attract visitors into the Village.