Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership is looking for new Chairperson
The Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership are recruiting for a new Chairperson to drive forward exciting plans to create an accessible towpath trail between Lancaster and Kendal.
The Partnership of public and third sector organisations are working together to realise the potential of the Lancaster Canal to create new opportunities for leisure, tourism and economic development in South Cumbria and Lancashire, whilst bringing health and wellbeing benefits to local communities. The new Chair will be instrumental in driving forward the strategic direction of the Partnership’s great aspiration for the Towpath Trail and working closely with an enthusiastic Board supported by a Project Manager.
Work is underway to create a multi-use leisure Towpath Trail, connecting rural communities along the route and encouraging residents and visitors alike to rediscover and celebrate this forgotten industrial heritage. Major grants already secured are funding improvements to the path in the ‘Northern Reaches’ between Crooklands and Kendal where the canal waters end but many spectacular heritage structures remain.
Working closely with the Canal and River Trust, a successful partnership bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund unlocked £1.5m towards a total restoration value of £2.5m to repair the Grade II listed Stainton Aqueduct, near Sedgwick which was badly damaged during the disastrous storms Desmond and Eva in December 2015. Canal and River Trust work here has just been completed and the aqueduct and towpath has been reopened. The NLHF grant has also enabled the employment of a community engagement officer who is running a programme of nature conservation, restoration and interpretation projects, along with educational and volunteering activities in partnership with local communities.
The Partnership has just commissioned a feasibility study to improve accessibility along the whole towpath trail and will engage with all the landowners to create a coherent and achievable plan for the future that attracts further investment.
Having seen a resurgence in the number of people using the towpath route during the pandemic, along with an increase in funder recognition of the health and wellbeing benefits for everyone taking exercise and accessing the outdoors, now is an exciting time for a new Chairperson to take the reins.
Should you be interested in finding out more information on the Chair role, you can download a role description HERE.
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