Towpath Survey

Tell us what you think

Canal towpath users are being asked to do their bit for restoration by spending a few minutes completing a questionnaire. A team from the Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) will be out along the canal between The Ocean (Stonehouse) and Ham Mill (Brimscombe) from Sunday until Wednesday (3rd – 6th May).

Aim

The aim is to find out what people think about the length of waterway currently being restored between Stonehouse and Thrupp. We need to record what towpath users like and what they think could be improved.

Reason

CCT volunteer Val Kirby is leading the team in preparing a bid for funding to restore the next stage of the restoration, Saul to Stonehouse. The next four miles will link the Stroud area with the national waterways network.

Val explains…“We want to learn from people’s experiences of the restoration so far in order to ensure that the next stage, from Saul Junction to Stonehouse, benefits from any lessons learnt.

"This survey of users is a really important part of the funding application process, so we hope people will take the time to help us.”

Method

The Survey Team volunteers, pictured above right, will be positioned at six key points on the towpath between Stonehouse and Thrupp from Sunday until Wednesday 3rd – 6th May. (Click on the image to view a larger version.)

Team members will be wearing CCT Green T shirts and name badges. The survey points will be indicated by CCT branded 'A' Boards.

Towpath users will be asked to pause briefly while the survey team assist them to complete the questionnaire.

Complete the Questionnaire at home

People's opinions are crucial to the funding bid process. So, even if you are not out and about over the next four days, you can still take part.