CONSULTATION ON A NEW CHESTER CANAL CONSERVATION AREA

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The Chester Canal Heritage Trust in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council are asking for views on a proposed Conservation Area along the historic section of the Shropshire Union Canal (formerly known as The Chester Canal).

The proposed area is a linear 28 mile canal corridor. It abuts the Ellesmere Port Docks conservation area in Cheshire West and ends at the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal — Nantwich Junction Bridge (92) in Cheshire East.

Its special character is derived from its historic origins and overall character. The canal was constructed when the Chester Canal Act was passed in 1772. It is unique for being one of the earliest broad beam canals, built to provide a link from the port of Chester to the salt towns of Cheshire.

A conservation area appraisal, management plan and gazetteer has been written for the proposed conservation area. This provides information on what features contribute to the special architectural and historic qualities of the canal.

The consultation starts on the 27 June for 12 weeks. Any individual, organisation, or business interested in participating is being asked to send their comments to Cheshire West and Chester council. This can be done by completing an online or postal questionnaire by 18 September 2016.
The results of the consultation will be considered by Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East councils. The canal will form part of a number of important canal heritage sites such as the Trent and Mersey Canal conservation area and Poncysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site, if adopted.

the Canal was an important transport link dating back to the late 18th Century and played a vital role in the development of the County's salt industry and many other industries and commercial enterprises along its route.

The formal consultation period runs until 18 September, 2016.
For more information contact the Cheshire West and Chester Total Environment Team:
Email : conservation&design@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Telephone: 01244972829
Write to: Cheshire West and Chester Council, Total Environment, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.
To take part in the consultation, please complete the online or postal questionnaire, returned to Cheshire West and Chester Council. www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/ChesterCanal.

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