Canal area in Old Town could become conservation area - The Leamington Observer

Canal area in Old Town could become conservation area

THE GRAND Union Canal in Leamington’s Old Town could become a designated conservation area.

Warwick District Council say the canal is a ‘heritage asset’ and is discussing ways in which it could promote the waterways in line with a multi-million pound facelift of the area.

Councillors believe the proposals would make the 18th century canal area attractive to tourists and also enhance life for residents.

Plans include signs highlighting the canal’s history as well as a possible art trail.

South Leamington district ward councillor Kristie Naimo welcomed the proposals for the canal which is the focus of regular clean-ups to recover the likes of dumped shopping trolleys and bicycles.

Coun Naimo said: “The Grand Union Canal is a very important part of the character of our area.

“I welcome the intention to go ahead with this public consultation to designate the canal as a conservation area which will recognise its historical importance, current use by residents and visitors to our town – but also to manage future uses and any proposed development.”

The proposals will undergo a seven week public consultation set to start next month.

The Grand Union Canal was the motorway of its day linking London and Birmingham and replaced the horse-drawn transport of goods. The Leamington section was completed in December 1799, opening for business the following March carrying everything from coal to corn.


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