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New strategy for city’s waterways unveiled

A scheme that aims to unlock the potential of the River Dee and Chester’s other waterways has been launched.

The plan, which will look at ways to drive investment and improvements to the river and the Shropshire Union Canal, was launched last month by a partnership of four bodies following a consultation period. Appropriately, this was during a river boat trip.

The Chester Waterways Strategy stated that by investing in the two routes, the city can encourage more investment and create growth. Already popular with walkers and those kayaking in Cheshire, investment could also propel the leisure economy of the river, according to the plan.

The Admiral of the Dee, Councillor Bob Rudd, said:

“The strategy is about enhancing the canal and the river, making the most of their potential as key economic and social assets and delivering new connectivity between the city and its waterways.”

Rudd, who is also the Lord Mayor of Chester, continued:

“The aim is for Chester’s waterways to once again play a key role in delivering growth and vitality for the city.”

A number of the initiatives outlined are already coming to fruition, such as the creation of so-called ‘pocket parks’ and improvements to the riverside pathways. If all of the plans are taken up, it is hoped that Chester could see exciting developments similar to those in Birmingham and Manchester.

A joint partnership between Cheshire West and Chester Council Canal and River Trust, Chester Canal Heritage Trust, Chester Renaissance, and Inland Waterways Association, it is also hoped that the strategy could create a host of new jobs.