No-go area on path to new future

Poor lighting and overgrown trees had made a section of canal towpath a no-go area for residents and a haven for criminals, but community leaders said a newly-completed project had transformed the area.

Almost a year ago, the Tinsley Forum in Sheffield began work after securing cash from the Big Lottery Community Spaces fund to revamp the path and make it more attractive.

The Tinsley Canalside Access Project included cutting back vegetation, providing new lighting under the Tinsley viaduct, which carries the M1 motorway near Meadowhall, and the painting of railings.

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Two new benches, two information boards about the history of the area and its flora and fauna area also provided, alongside new signage, a new litter bin and a wildflower meadow.

Eric Finbow, of the Tinsley Forum which helped organise the work, aid the path was now open and encouraged people who lived in the area and those from further afield to use the new path.

He added: “We hope these improvements will encourage more Tinsley residents to explore the local waterways as well as use the tram and access Meadowhall.”