Barbara has welcomed the news that the Bridgewater Canal in Salford has been given support for a £3.5m bid for Heritage Lottery funding. The bid has passed the first funding round and will now be receiving an initial £75,900 in development funding. Plans can now be progressed to apply for a full Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Restoration plans include conserving and revealing the canal’s heritage features, including Worsley Delph and Barton Aqueduct, and improving surrounding paths and walking routes.
The Bridgewater Canal is considered to have immense international importance due to its pivotal role at the start of the industrial revolution. It was built and used by the Duke of Bridgewater to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to the industrial areas of Manchester.
“I am delighted that this bid for funding for the Bridgewater Canal has passed the first stage. The canal has a special place in history, as it was the first canal ever built without following an existing watercourse. The canal revolutionised transport and, after a long history of commercial usage, it now has a new role in leisure.
The local community have played a key part in the restoration project so far and I am glad there will be more opportunities for learning and volunteering activities."