People will soon find it
easier to visit a Coventry beauty spot after work to improve access is
carried out as part of a millennium project.
Canley Ford is undergoing
subtle changes to make the area more pleasant for people to enjoy.
It has been included in a
Millennium Green scheme running across the country to ensure green
spaces are secured in public ownership.
The wild meadows and stream
off Kenilworth Road in Earlsdon have been placed in a trust with a
Work on the centrepiece of the
£140,000 project, a small waterfall, has been completed.
Seats that were sculptured by
local artists and members of the community have been installed and
work to remove old telephone poles is to start shortly.
The changes are being overseen
by the Friends of Canley Ford – a voluntary group set up by people
keen to preserve the area.
They carried out consultation
at schools and libraries in the area to find out what people wanted to
Adrian Dyke, chairman of the
Friends of Canley Ford, said people did not want major changes, but
general improvements to enhance the area.
The idea for the waterfall
came from a resident who remembered a fall that stood on the site of
Canley Fire Station in Fletchampstead Highway. It was cleared in 1936
to make way for the new A45.
Mr Dyke said:
on the project is expected to be completed in the summer. More
information on the Friends of Canley Ford on 024 7667 2884.
“In the past it has been
quite difficult to get access to the meadows because the paths get
very muddy. They are now being improved and it will give disabled
people the chance to visit.
“It will also help get
agricultural implements down there for maintenance.”