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Obituary to Cllr Keith Morley 1939-2020

It is with great sadness that I have to report that on Thursday 12th November Cllr Keith Morley at the age of 81 passed away following his battle with cancer.

Keith first came to the society as the representative for Halton Borough Council some twenty years ago and from then on became our go-to man for anything to do with canal matters at the Widnes end of the Sankey Canal.  He was a hard working councillor who would always go out of his way to help the society in whatever way he could, be it arranging visits to the Mersey Gateway Bridge construction site to acquiring the container at Spike Island for our work party team, nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble.

Working with the Sankey Canal Restoration Steering group he helped in the “Linking the Locks Project” and in getting Halton Council to replace the swing bridge on Spike Island.  More recently he was involved with negotiations over the water supply situation with the closure of Fiddlers Ferry Power station.

He became Halton Council’s representative on the Sankey Canal Partnership Board on its formation in 2017 and his advice and commitment to the group was always accepted knowing that if he said he would do something it would eventually lead to it being achieved.

He has represented the Broadheath Ward of Halton Council for the last twenty years and been described as an “outstanding“ councillor with nothing being too much trouble to help his constituents.

In 2011 he had the honour of being appointed Mayor of Halton Borough Council, a role which he thoroughly enjoyed along with his wife to be Sheila Glynn as the Lady Mayoress.

Keith and Sheila married on Valentine’s Day 2015 at Runcorn Town Hall and held their reception at the Select Stadium, home of Widnes Vikings RFL Club.

Keith said he had known Sheila for more than fifty years, she used to help carry the band’s equipment into the Queens Hall, Widnes where Keith was the drummer in a local band called the Ramblers.

Tributes have been paid by his former councillor colleagues at Halton Council and these are summed up nicely by Council Leader Rob Polhill who simply said that Keith “Was irrepressible, irreplaceable and irresponsible at times in the nicest way possible”.

On behalf of the Sankey Canal Restoration Society, I would like to say thank you for the many hours spent in the company of a person so dedicated to his position as a councillor and for the way in which he approached life with kind hearted humour and responsibility.

Rest in Peace dear friend you will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you as a friend or colleague.                                                                                                          Colin Greenall 2020-11-21

Chalon Way Carpark is to be demolished

Chalon Way Carpark in St Helens is being demolished and will 'kick-start' the regeneration around the Sankey Canal. £1 Million pounds from the Government's town deal accelerated fund will be used to support this demolition.

St Helens' new Mayor will raise money for the Sankey Canal

St Helens new Mayor, Blackbrook councillor, Paul McQuade has said he will raise money for the Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS).

He said: "Having had the pleasure of being associated with this cause for a number of years, I know first-hand that it takes a considerable amount of time and effort by this group of dedicated volunteers to enhance the amenity value of Sankey Canal."

Halton Council’s New Bridge: A Commitment to Restore the  SANKEY CANAL.

Halton Borough Council has firmed up its commitment to the future of Spike Island and The Sankey Canal, with plans to replace the ageing wooden bridge there with a steel swing structure.

Please read the full document by clicking and downloading the Word document icon on the left.

Sankey Canal to lose its Water supply

SCARS has recently been informed by Halton Council that Fiddlers Ferry Power Station will discontinue its regular supply of water to the Sankey Canal.

This will mean that the section of canal between Bewsey Lock in Warrington and Spike Island in Widnes will gradually dry up unless a new source of supply is found soon.

Fiddlers Ferry Power Station has been feeding water into the canal since its restoration way back in the 1980’s. This was done as a goodwill gesture at no expense to either Warrington or Halton Councils.

Please read the full document by clicking and downloading the Word document icon on the left.

Sankey Canal Advocacy Booklet

The latest update from the Sankey Canal Partnership is here for you to download and read.

Please click on the PDF logo below to open the document:

Desilting Work Begins at College Street

In spite of the best efforts of Storms Ciara and Dennis, work commenced on the desilting of the Gerards Bridge Branch of the Sankey Canal on Monday 11th February.

This £330,000 scheme will help reduce the risk of flooding at Gerards Bridge on College Street after St.Helens Council secured funding from Liverpool City Region and The European Regional Development Fund.

The work is being carried out by Environment Agency and is scheduled to take around eight to ten weeks.

The work involves removing silt from the bed of Rainford Brook (which flows along the course of the Sankey Canal), starting at College Street through to Merton Bank and on to Park Road in Blackbrook.

Future Events that SCARS Sales & Exhibition Gazebo will be attending:

Events will appear here when I know the details!

Although we cannot have any Work Parties during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Please see the new News Archive page for previous News items

Last Edited: 23 Nov 20 17:40

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