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Consultation underway on new Local Nature Reserve

Residents are being consulted on a proposal to designate a new Local Nature Reserve (LNR) along the Wyrley & Essington Canal in the City of Wolverhampton and Walsall.

The consultation is being carried out by City of Wolverhampton Council, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and the Canal & River Trust.

The proposed LNR will cover the Wyrley and Essington Canal corridor, stretching from Wolverhampton city centre to the edge of Walsall, and areas of adjoining land.

The three partners are committed to jointly manage the publicly accessible LNR for wildlife, education and enjoyment purposes for at least 21 years.

They are now seeking views and comments on the draft ‘Local Nature Reserve Management Plan’.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “I would urge people to get involved and have their say.

“It is important we maximise the opportunities this Local Nature Reserve provides for wildlife, education and enjoyment.

“Working together with Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and the Canal & River Trust to protect and increase access to this important natural area will ensure it becomes a real asset to our city.”

LNRs are typically owned and managed by the local council.

This LNR is unique, as the majority is owned and managed by the Canal and River Trust, with areas of adjoining land owned and managed by City of Wolverhampton Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

Further details can be found at

Please submit any comments to: or send by post to: Wyrley & Essington Canal LNR Consultation, Planning Section, City of Wolverhampton Council, Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RP. Provide your name, address and email address and explain as fully as possible any proposed changes, together with the reasons for the changes.

The deadline for comments is Friday, May 5, 2017.

Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team. For more information, please call 01902 555439. 

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