Leeds and Liverpool Canal: Artworks show what plans could look like


A SERIES of artwork showed what the Blackburn Imperial Mill and County Canals could look like if an ambitious redevelopment proposal were made.

The works were published by the art commission program The Super Slow Way, which is working on a redevelopment plan for areas around the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, including Imperial Mill in Blackburn, Coke Ovens in Hyndburn, Northlight Mill in Brierfield and Sandygate Square in Burnley are tourist destinations offering water sports and places to eat and drink as well as arts and culture programs.

The charity has released a feasibility study of the plans, known as the Pennine Linear Park Project, alongside Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with the Borough Councils of Darwen, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle, with the works showing how much their plans could change the area.

Super Slow Way plans for Pendle’s Brierfield Mill

Blackburn along with Darwen Regeneration Council Cabinet Member Phil Riley said: “In many parts of the country canals and waterways have become viable recreation areas and it is high time that the Leeds Canal and Liverpool, one of the oldest canals in the country, finds itself in the same set of circumstances.

“It’s full of history, so we’re really excited that The Super Slow Way has moved forward with the idea.”

He added: “It has been absolutely essential to East Lancashire’s industrial history and its real potential to be a great recreation area.”

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The report, funded by Lancashire County Council, Arts Council England and the Canal and River Trust, proposes that the park extend for a 20 mile stretch from Eanam Wharf in Blackburn at the west end, to Barrowford Lock in Pendle with new recreation centers established in rehabilitated and rehabilitated heritage buildings.

The aim of the project is to boost local economies and in particular the culture, leisure and tourism industries after East Lancashire suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.

East Lancashire’s economy is expected to be among the top 10 hardest hit in the UK and organizers hope the Pennine Linear Park project will help the region recover and move towards a more prosperous future.

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Super Slow Way Director Laurie Peake said: “This is a vision for East Lancashire as a model of post-Covid recovery in areas ravaged by the pandemic as it moves towards a carbon neutral future .

It is a vision that can only be achieved if all with an interest work towards a goal that by 2030 will be the flagship of a new green economy, with stronger and healthier communities in a landscape. which has become a tourist destination. . ”

For more information, visit: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/.

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