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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 May 2006, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Liverpool canal project moves on
The Liver Building. Picture courtesy of freefoto.com
The waterway was removed when the Liver Building was built
A project to extend the Leeds-Liverpool Canal on the Mersey waterfront is taking a major step forward.

The waterway between Stanley Docks and the South Docks was lost when the Royal Liver Building was built on the Georges Dock in the early 20th Century.

Liverpool City Council will decide whether to grant British Waterways a lease for land in front of the Three Graces, at a meeting next week.

If the go-ahead is given, work will start on the link in the summer.

Negotiations are ongoing between the Mersey Docks and Harbour company, the council and British Waterways about land needed for the extension.

'Asset' to city

Councillor Keith Turner, executive member for resources, said: "This is a very exciting development which will bring life and animation back to the Pier Head.

"As well as leasing the land for the canal we are also going to improve the look and condition for the Pier Head with work planned for the public areas in time for Capital of Culture year.

"During the construction of the canal, the public will still be able to get access to the waterfront and the ferries.

"We want the Pier Head to be full of life and a real asset to the city. The waterfront is one of the most famous in the world and the canal extension will focus even more attention on it."

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