Chester’s new MP joined by local councillors and activists for day of community action with Canals and River Trust
More than 30 local Labour activists and supporters joined Chester’s newly elected Member of Parliament, Chris Matheson at the canal on Saturday to support the Canal and River Trust with general maintenance and cleaning ready for summertime on Chester’s historic waterways.
Chris commented: “The canals are more than just a piece of history. The stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal between Boughton and the city centre is an important gateway into Chester for tourists and commuters.
“During the election campaign, I told voters I want to bring a sense of pride back to our city. If that means spending a few hours out in the fresh air painting these locks with some friends, then I think it’s worth every minute,” he added.
Chris was joined by the new Labour leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Samantha Dixon. She said: “I’m here because I believe our canals are good for tourism and leisure and we need to take care of them. We have a tough few years ahead of us but we had a pledge in our manifesto to work with the Canals and River Trust so I hope what started with a paint brush today will grow into something special.”
Samantha and Chris were joined by Councillor Martyn Delaney from Boughton Ward and newly elected councillors, Angie Chidley (Hoole) and Richard Beacham (Newton) as well as more than 30 Labour Party supporters.
The Canal and River Trust replaced British Waterways in 2012 and has suffered severe cuts to its budget. Volunteering plays an important role in maintaining the waterways and residents can contact the Canal and River Trust if they want to get involved in preserving the important historical assets.