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 now a new towpath/cycleway along the entire length of the canal; the milestone project is complete; and during 2021 there will be a new working swing-bridge at Spike Island in Widnes.
St Helen’s Council has plans to make the Sankey Canal the centrepiece of its Town Centre Regeneration Scheme and Warrington Council is working tirelessly to reconnect the canal to its original water supply. The Sankey Brook (before Fiddlers Ferry Power Station) is decommissioned and the water it supplies to the canal is turned off. Like many other organisations SCARS is at present unable to organise any events or work parties but in the meantime it is keeping in touch through its quarterly magazine Canal Cutting and its Facebook page and website.