St Helens (Sankey) Canal
Established in 1985 the Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS) has been working tirelessly to raise awareness of what is the first canal of the industrial age.
Through the years its volunteers, with the cooperation of local councils and other organisations, have helped to bring about many changes to the infrastructure of the canal and its surrounding areas. There is a new towpath/cycleway along the canal’s entire length, plus a new swing-bridge in Halton and a lift-bridge at Fiddlers Ferry, with the prospect of another new swing-bridge at Spike Island in 2020.
During 2019 SCARS continued to replace the milestones along the length of the canal: nine are now in situ and another seven will be in place during the beginning of 2020. The trusts biggest current concern is the imminent closure of Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, which supplies the southern end of the canal with water. SCARS is now working towards restoring the water supply from its original source, the Sankey Brook. It is hoped to achieve this with the cooperation of the Sankey Canal Partnership and EA.