A WATERWAY is set to benefit from investment into improvement works.

Elsecar Canal - which links Wombwell, Elsecar and Hemingfield - will receive a ‘substantial investment’ as part of Section 106 contributions from the development at the old Wombwell High School site on Lundhill.

The funding was approved by councillors on Tuesday and improvements to the overflow at the Brampton Road end of the canal, alongside a programme of vegetation clearance works to improve the surrounding area are set to commence.

A community clean-up day will take place on Tuesday, with activity focusing on litter picking and removal of rubbish from the waterway.

Coun James Higginbottom, who represents Wombwell and is the spokesperson for environment and transport, told the Chronicle: “The works will make a difference to improving the flow and quality of the waterway, supporting biodiversity and making the area much more enjoyable for visitors and residents.

“We are really pleased to be working with volunteers and the environmental caretaker team to give the whole area a bit of TLC next week.

“Longer-term the vision for this canal is to see it return to being a managed fishery once again and we are very keen to work with the community to make this a reality and safeguard this beautiful part of our borough.”