The Kidsgrove Town Team thinks that the canal is an important asset for the town and wants to see if it can be used as a focus for improving facilities and attracting visitors.

A number of project ideas have been proposed - some can be done quite quickly, some will take longer, some will only happen if we can get grant funding and some will be in the hands of other organisations....

...but we would like to know what YOU think about the proposals. What aspects should we concentrate on? Which projects would have the most impact on making you use the canal and towpaths more.

So whether you are a resident, narrow boater, dog walker, local business, interested in local heritage or simply want to make your views known, please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.

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* 1. What do you think are the most important aspects for us to concentrate on to encourage people to make more use of the canal and towpath? Please rank your answers from 1 to 4, with 1 being the most important.

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* 2. How important do you think the following safety factors would be in encouraging people to make more use of the canal and tow path? Please check the answer that best applies.

  Very important Quite important Not very important Unimportant
Extending CCTV coverage along the tow path?
Improving the lighting by the mooring area?
Reducing the incidence of anti-social behaviour?

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* 3. How much impact do you think the following actions will have on improving the image and raising the profile of the canal in Kidsgrove? Please check the answer that best applies.

  Big impact Some impact Very little impact No impact
Painting the sides of railway bridges to cover rust and graffiti?
Promoting Kidsgrove as a 'canal town'?
Promoting the facilities and heritage to residents and visitors
Improving signage from the canal to the town

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* 4. How much impact do you think the following actions will have on making the most of the heritage value of the canal as a way of attracting more users? Please check the answer that best applies.

  Big impact Some impact Very little impact No impact
Developing an annual event themed around the canal heritage?
Developing a sculpture/heritage trail along the tow path?
Developing a small heritage centre?

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* 5. How much impact do you think the following actions will have on making the canal easier to use for residents, visitors and narrow boat users? Please check the answer that best applies.

  Big impact Some impact Little impact No impact
Installing mooring rings along the tow path?
Improving disabled access to the station and canal?
Improving footpaths leading to the canal?
Extending the wharf area so more boats can moor overnight?
Creating a local transport hub that incorporates the canal?

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* 6. Is there anything else to do with the canal that you think the Kidsgrove Town Team should be considering?

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