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Mayor to mark opening of Greenheart Jubilee Way
Monday 26th November, 2012

This Sunday (2nd December) an annual sponsored walk in aid of the Mayor’s Charity will take place around Pennington Flash at a major gateway to the Greenheart network of high quality landscapes and open spaces.

The walk will take in the stunning views of the country park and follow a section of the recently upgraded canal towpath.

The Mayor, Cllr Myra Whiteside, says: “I may be a little biased here as the walk includes a lot of my own ward, but I am proud to show off the wonderful work done by Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan, the Canal and River Trust and the council. I well remember how muddy the canal path used to be – and now it has been transformed.”

It’s six months since Cllr Whiteside welcomed HRH The Duke of Gloucester to the borough and showed him work being done to improve Pennington Flash. The project has taken two years, during which the council has been working closely with the Greenheart partners to improve six kilometres of towpath on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Now the Mayor will be marking the completion of the works on the ‘Greenheart Jubilee Way’ path. To celebrate the success of the project, she will be cutting the ribbon at the halfway point of the walk. This will take place at 11.30am near to the giant book sculpture on the towpath between the new 'Diamond Jubilee' Marina at Plank Lane and Pennington Flash.

Everyone is welcome to come along to see and use the upgraded towpath, enjoy the sculptural works and take in the views of the country park. And mince pies will be provided to fortify all participants of the walk.

What was previously a muddy and sometimes impassable route between Platt Bridge and Leigh has been transformed into a high quality route for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.

Not only has the towpath surface been improved, but an impressive viewing platform, giant book sculpture and benches have been installed to provide interest and a welcome rest for users of the route.

Steve Higham, enterprise manager at the Canal and River Trust, says: “We’ve been working with the council and other partners for a number of years to improve the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and we’re really grateful for all their on-going support. The works between Plank Lane Marina and Pennington Flash have greatly enhanced the appearance of the canal and improved the towpath for all the local community to enjoy.”

With the aim of supporting local people on their journey from unemployment into paid work, the project has employed 56 young people from the Wigan area. Supervisors provided skills for the immediate contract and training courses to help their search for full time jobs.

This year the Mayor is raising funds for local charity Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link.

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