11:53AM, Monday 20 January 2014
Plans to create a navigable waterway around Maidenhead town centre went on show to the public on Saturday.
Maidenhead Waterways, who are behind the scheme, held a drop-in-session at Maidenhead Library with more than 100 people turning up to look at detailed designs and give their feedback on the plans.
The first stage of the project - the York Stream section between the A4 and the railway - is set to start work in the summer and is expected to take about a year to complete.
Speaking at the exhibition Waterways Restoration Group Chairman, Richard Davenport, said: "It has never been closer to reality then it is now. We firmly believe this is the beginning of a very positive stage of the towns regeneration.
Displays at the exhibition outlined the history of the project, which was granted planning permission by the Royal Borough in 2012, and also ways in which nature will be protected.
Images of recent flooding along stretches of the planned waterway route were also on display to illustrate how the finished scheme would look.
"There is really positive feedback from people and enthusiasm for things that are about to happen," added Richard.
The scheme is being funded through a mix of government, council and private grants.
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