Local Community group pleased to see works beginning at Monkland’s Canal site

Local community group Friends of Monklands Canal are pleased to see works finally beginning to the tow path this week after a long campaign. The group, whose volunteers have undertaken extensive work to clean-up and repair the stretch of Monklands Canal in Coatbridge have restored the area to a local beauty spot enjoyed by people all over Coatbridge and further afield.

However, some aspects were beyond their control and by working with Scottish Canals, Sustrans and local MSP Fulton MacGregor, the group are now seeing remedial works beginning on the tow path.

Commenting, group leader Alan McCormack said;

“The group has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and the canal is real beauty spot appreciated by people all over Coatbridge and beyond.”

“However, it was clear that there were some structural issues to the tow path that we couldn’t fix so we have worked with Scottish Canals who have been very supportive of our efforts since day one. It’s great to see this work beginning and is another part of the puzzle completed in our efforts to restore the canal to its best possible condition.”

Co-lead, Stephen McCargo also echoed these sentiments;

“This is great news; It’s been a long time coming now and it feels like our hard work is finally paying off.

“These works will ensure the canal is accessible for everyone to enjoy.”

 Local MSP Fulton MacGregor also welcomed the news;

“Everyone at Friends of Monklands canal have worked their socks off and it’s clear from the way the wildlife has flourished and how many people I see regularly using the canal path that the teams hard work is really paying off for the whole community.

“I’ve supported the group’s efforts in lobbying stakeholders to make improvements to the path and I’m glad this had been successful. A massive thanks also to Scottish Canals, Sustrans and all others involved.

“The work to the tow path will really add to accessibility of the canal and I can’t wait to see the finished work on one of my regular jogs down the route.”

~Please see Scottish Canals website for diversion routes when applicable

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