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Towpath revamped

A canal towpath has been given a make-over in a council-led scheme to clean up the area.

A canal towpath has been given a make-over in a council-led scheme to clean up the area.

Solihull Council and other agencies, including West Midlands Probation Service and British Waterways, recently came together to transform the towpath between the Richmond Road canal bridge and the bridge at Rowood Drive.

The area had become a hot-spot for anti-social behaviour and graffiti scrawled by yobs.

The partnership set out to clean up the area, remove graffiti and cut back vegetation to make it feel safe and accessible once again.

Dean Davies, manager for West Midlands Waterways, said: “The Richmond Road Towpath Community Payback project is a great example of the type of project British Waterways is keen to encourage across the waterway network; various agencies and local residents working together for the good of the community.”

An offender, who became involved in the project through the Probation Service, added: “I’m glad to have done something good for the community, it doesn’t hurt getting your hands dirty and people walking past have complimented us on all the work as well, which is appreciated.”

 

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