A major project to clean up a stretch of Grantham canal has been successfully completed.
The end of the work along a stretch of the waterway on the Earlsfield estate in the town was marked this week when community leaders and council officials visited the site.
They praised the work and revealed that plans are already in hand to further enhance the open space between Swingbridge Road and Earlesfield Lane.
Local resident Jim Wheeldon, whose home in Stathern Walk overlooks the waterway, has long campaigned for the work to be carried out.
He said: “It is a big improvement and we are delighted with the result, but it is vital the area is kept in good order.
“We are also hoping further improvements can be made so the area becomes a real asset to the whole community.”
The work carried out by the distrcit council began at the start of November, but took longer than expected because of bad weather.
Diggers were brought on to the site by contractors to clean the canal of rubbish, including bicycles and shopping trolleys.
Thick weeds and ather vegetation was also removed from the water and canal bank.
Mr Wheeldon, who is a committee member of Grantham Angling Association, which leases this stretch of the canal from the council, hopes people will help to keep the stretch of waterway looking its best.
He said: “In the 20 years since I first moved here the appearance of the canal had gone downhill. The water was thick with weeds and moss and the overgrown trees and brambles were an eyesore.
“The trouble was, when people saw the rubbish, they thought they could just add to it.
“But since the area has been cleared it is so much better. We just need to make sure now that it is kept clean.”
It is thought plans are under way to form a group to maintain and develop the area further, having been given a clean start.
It is hoped this could include improving disabled access and footpaths, and increasing the number of fishing pontoons, seats and bins.
CCTV could also be installed to deter littering.
Talks have already been held with members of the community who want to work on the project.
The council’s portfolio holder for arts, leisure and culture, Councillor Bob Adams said: “We want to make this stretch of the canal a better place to walk, fish and visit and somewhere families want to visit, particularly in the spring and summer.”