Surprise finds as volunteers go fishing for rubbish in canal

WHEN volunteers from Stalybridge Town Team went fishing in the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, this is what they found.

They pulled out a large number of supermarket trolleys that had been taken from Tesco’s supermarket.

It is an ongoing issue with Peter Rawson, the former Town Team chairman, saying 20 is the most they have pulled out in one session.

He explained the problem was at its worst when the pound coins changed and that rendered the trolley locks unusable for a time.

That has been rectified and Peter says the situation ought to improve, though that is one of the perils of having a supermarket next to the canal.

The Wooden Canal Boat Society recently dredged the section of the canal from Ashton to Stalybridge and even pulled out a motor bike.

The danger is boats will be damaged if they hit the debris, but Peter, who serves on the canal society’s council, says the canal is five feet deep in Stalybridge and such a large clearance ought to minimise the risk.

The Town Team’s next clean up in the town on Saturday, November 25.

Meet at 9.30am at St Matthew’s which is behind the Civic Hall.

There are 100 volunteers signed up, but usually they get a dozen on the day.

υυ The Town Team is appealing to shoppers for help as it tries to raise funds for a new container on Tesco car park to keep its tidy-up gear. The current one is in a state of disrepair.

They have received money from the Canal and River Trust while Tesco has shortlisted it under its Bags of Help initiative.

Pick up a token when you are shopping and place it in the container marked Town Team. The winner will also receive cash from the supermarket towards a project.


2 Replies to “Surprise finds as volunteers go fishing for rubbish in canal”

  1. How can the next clean up be 25th Nov if the article was posted on 4th Dec 🙂
    What is the best way to find out about canal clean ups? I have wanted to do one in the canal through dukinfield for a while.

    1. HI Helen, thanks for your message. The article was printed in our newspaper before the event, but didn’t go online straight away, hence the date it out.
      As for a contact, it’s: Chairman Ray Harrison 0161 303 7888 (office) and email
      Thanks, Aimee

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