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Grade II listed Lady Capel's bridge along Grand Union Canal in Watford transformed
The transformation of a stretch of the Grand Union Canal in Watford has finished thanks to an investment from local councils and the dedication of a group of volunteers.
Volunteers from the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) helped restore the Grade II listed Lady Capel's bridge.
Contractors working on behalf of Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council resurfaced a three mile section of towpath. Whilst the bridge was being restored this stretch of towpath was also receiving some much needed improvements.
Dorothy Thornhill, Elected Mayor of Watford said: "This is a very popular stretch of Grand Union Canal, so I'm pleased that we have all come together and invested in the canal and new towpath. I know that it will give many people enjoyment over the years to come."
Working alongside the Canal & River Trust, WRG volunteers spent nine days bringing Lady Capel's bridge, named after the wife of a Grand Junction Canal Company board member, back to its former glory. They cleared debris from the 200 year old bridge, carefully repainted the brickwork and then repainted using specialist white paint.
Jenny Black, WRG's volunteer coordinator, said: "We had a tremendous time helping to restore Lady Capel's bridge and thanks to our efforts it has been taken off the 'heritage at risk' register. Restoring this wonderful piece of the nation's history was really satisfying. This is the second project we have done with the Canal & River Trust in the south east and we are all delighted with a job well done."
James Clifton, enterprise manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: "I want to thank the volunteers from WRG for helping us restore Lady Capel's bridge. They have done a great job. The substantial investment from the local councils has also significantly improved the towpath alongside, which now looks fantastic."
Thanks to funding of over £400,000 from the Canal & River Trust, Hertfordshire County Council, Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council, the towpath from Hunton Bridge down to the Iron Bridge Lock in Cassiobury Park has been resurfaced, transforming this much loved waterway route for the many walkers, cyclists, joggers and boaters who use it every day.
Councillor Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "We're really lucky in Hertfordshire as we have many miles of canal right on our doorstep just waiting to be explored. Having easy access to the outdoors is very important to local people and the waterways are a great link connecting communities and bringing people together and I am delighted with what we have achieved."
Councillor Ann Shaw, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, added: "Towpaths provide wonderful green routes, linking busy towns and cities with the countryside, and thanks to this improvement it ensure that everyone can enjoy and have easy access to the waterways."
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