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Spring 2017 update

We've had a busy few months at Burslem Port. As our Facebook followers will know, recent work parties have cleared vegetation at the junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal, through the narrows section and near to the warehouse. In March we also joined forces with Middleport Matters for the annual spring clean across the area.

Work party 26/04/2017 - before

Work party 26/04/2017 - after

Before and after views of the work party near to the warehouse on 26th April

As you can see, the site is looking much tidier than it was and in coming months we will continue this work. A grant has recently been made to the Trust to improve access from the site towards Festival Park and we will be looking to involve volunteers in this project, once the details have been worked out. Tasks are likely to include installation of new information signs and pathway improvement.

Please note that over the summer months the Saturday work parties will not take place. A number of regular volunteers have already reported that they will be away on various dates. We will however have a display at the Etruria Canals Festival on 3rd June, so why not come and see us there instead? Saturday work parties will resume in October. Our Tuesday events will continue over the summer. The scheduled dates for the next few months are 23rd May, 27th June, 25th July and 22nd August. Please let us know if you are planning to attend and we will advise you of any further changes or additional dates. The latest information is also always on the Facebook page.

Feral Spaces

We recently met Laurel from the Feral Spaces art project. This encourages young people to look at the open spaces around them in a different way, with a focus on disused and derelict land. We hope to develop projects with Laurel and local young people in the coming months.

Burslem Port study

Perhaps most exciting is the news that Burslem Port Trust recently appointed Peter Brett Associates (PBA) to work on a new Burslem Port Strategy, funded by the Stoke & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the City Council, The Environment Agency and the Burslem Port Trust. It also has the financial support of the Inland Waterways Association and the Trent & Mersey Canal Society. An inception meeting took place after a site walk with the consultants in March where the parameters of the Study were agreed.

Since then, there has been a flurry of activity. Roger Savage organised a consultation surgery on behalf of PBA at the Middleport Pottery on 25th/26th April. Over 20 stakeholders and community people attended. It was very rewarding for Burslem Port as everyone was unanimous in their support for the project.

It was clear that the consultants, bringing fresh eyes to the project, began to see ways ahead which we had not identified – but the big stumbling block, as always, is that there is no obvious answer to raising the funds needed. Watch this space!