Teamwork is ensuring that the canal towpath at Bowbridge is accessible for all – from cyclists to families with pushchairs to people with disabilities.
During the 1960s when the canal was filled, a concrete bridge was built alongside the original brick bridge to widen Butterow for two-way traffic.
When Gloucestershire County Council took on the bridge project, the concrete proved too costly to remove.
The end result was that the only way people could use the towpath would be via steps to get under the bridge. But that would mean it would not be accessible to cyclists, pushchairs or people with disabilities.
So Stroud District Council came up with a solution – to create a new section of footpath using ramps up along Eagle Mill Close.
Knightstone Housing, which owns Eagle Mill Close, agreed that it could become a public footpath. The County Council agreed to legally adopt it and thus be financially responsible for it in the future.
Stroud Town Council has provided the £4,500 needed to build the ramp and district council volunteers are due to do the construction work before the end of the year.
“This is a wonderful example of local government working together to achieve a great result for the public,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“It shows imaginative collaboration and proactive negotiation from the District Council, and helpful responses from others. It is a good example of how to make things happen.”