11:01AM, Wednesday 30 April 2014
A team of dedicated volunteers turned out to clear-up the town centre waterways ahead of a major restoration project this summer.
An impressive haul of more than 70 bags of litter, five shopping trolleys, a chair, a typewriter, a radio and other foreign objects were retrieved from York Stream and the surrounding banks between Town Moor and the Great Western Railway.
The rubbish had been exposed by recent work to clear trees and scrubs in preparation for stage one of the waterways build.
The revamp aims to enhance York Stream by creating a navigable 2km 'ring' of water around the town which could be used by small boats, punts and canoes.
The morning, which took place on Sunday, was organised by Maidenhead Waterways and chairman Richard Davenport, who was impressed by the work of the 50 volunteers.
"The banks in this section are now clear of rubbish and in good shape ahead of the earth works needed for the stage one build," he said.
"Working with the other community groups was great fun and helped us to quickly tackle the task."
The first stage of the waterways project has been funded and will remove silt, lower the channel bed and involve selective widening of the York Stream.
Visit here to track its progress.
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