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Volunteers helping to make High Lane a great place to live

Volunteers are helping to upgrade the canal tow path through High Lane - just one ongoing initiative to help make High Lane a great place to live.

The tow path work is being carried out by volunteers from the High Lane Residents Association to help the Canal and River Trust continue improvements in the area.

Recycled Welsh slate is being laid down to improve the path by the team of over 20 volunteers who meet on Fridays from 10am to 1pm to continue repairs. Volunteers meet by the canal bridge at the end of Keswick Road if anyone is interesting in lending a hand.

Hilary Stephenson, chairman of the Residents Association said: "This is one of various initiatives the Association have done in High Lane including litter picking and bulb planting.''

The Association will be working alongside the more recently formed High Lane Neighbourhood Forum which had its inaugural meeting in November and which will look at key areas of concern: transport, housing, green spaces and heritage.

Chairman Richard Jones said: "We will always work in tandem with the High Lane Residents Association and together make improvements to the local area. In setting up the Neighbourhood Forum, I would like to publicly thank both the Marple Neighbourhood Forum and Marple Civic Society for their help.''

Richard said: "As a Neighbourhood Forum, we want to make the area better for those who live here and also make High Lane a destination that other people want to visit. One of our first thoughts has been to create a Heritage Trail around the village to showcase the heritage of the local area.

"Ideally this would be an interactive trail with key points of interest and maps on display along the route.''

He said that Green Spaces is an area of concern with thoughts already turning to improving walkways to allow safe access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.''

Both organisations say their key aim is to improve the local High Lane area. A first round of consultations will shortly be carried out by HLNF asking local residents for their issues and options. 

If you want to help shape the future of High Lane, then take a look at the website www.hlvnf.org or email: ourforum@hlvnf.org