Wolverhampton’s Newest Local Nature Reserve Soon To Be Unveiled!

The Wyrley & Essington Canal is soon to be officially unveiled!

For all those supporters that often felt that achieving a fully designated Local Nature Reserve would never quite happen for our wonderful Canal here in Wednesfield.

These magnificent markers leave it in no doubt that it is happening. Can I thank everyone of our supporters for being with me on this campaign.

This started in 2007 when myself and former Councillor Dave Jones felt the canal and all its wildlife needed protecting! Its been a long hard road, but the public in Wednesfield has done nothing but support this bid.

The City Council have been very supportive with help and support from the Canal & River Trust .

That is why the markers and signs have gone up, as together these organisations have managed to persuade the European Union to help fund it! This must be one of the last funding schemes that has been supported by the EU in this City.

I haven’t forgot your enthusiasm Dave! More than a decade has passed now since we sat down and discussed how we could protect and deliver a Local Nature Reserve for our Village of Wednesfield!

Would you believe there is still some work to do on the legals, but that is in the main in Walsall! (Come on Walsall)

The Canal & River Trust with Wolverhampton Council are dealing with those details now….But I couldn’t wait any longer to welcome the arrival of the new signs as a pointer to what is still to take place! Role on the official launch! Goodness amongst all the tinges of sadness this year. This must be a Good News Story!

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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