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Droylsden Marina

A short section of the canal in Droylsden will be back in water shortly, as redevelopment of the area between Manchester Road and Fairfield Lock is now underway! This will include the construction of a marina behind the present Library building. The former swimming baths have been demolished in preparation for the development and have been replaced by a superb new pool at Medlock Leisure Centre in Droylsden.

The original proposals included buildings blocking the line of the canal beyond the marina but representations from the society have resulted in modifications, so that the line of the canal could now be restored through to Manchester Road Bridge and beyond.. The re-building of Tesco’s store to the north of Manchester Road will not affect the line of the canal.

The development will mean restoring the canal for approximately 175 metres from Fairfield Junction. The canal will be the centrepiece of a housing and marina development. Watkin Jones are the developers appointed by Tameside Council while British Waterways have been given the task of the canal design work.

When completed there also will be permanent moorings for up to thirty boats and space for visiting boats. British Waterways will be responsible for this new section of canal.

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Paul Smith
 

After six and a half years living on a narrowboat on England's inland waterways, Paul and his wife Cynthia now wander Europe by motorhome during the winter, and on the Dutch and French waterways in the warmer months on their 32' Dutch motor cruiser.

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