A preliminary report being prepared by The Phoenix Trust indicates that building a marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Kidsgrove could give the town a heritage based tourist industry which would play a leading role in its regeneration.
The report says: “Kidsgrove already has the basis of a major tourist industry which would attract visitors from home and overseas.
“Its main attractions are:
- the Harecastle Tunnels and the Trent & Mersey Canal which merit World Heritage Site status in their own right
- Mow Cop’s links with Primitive Methodism
- St. Saviour’s ‘the historic tin church’ in The Rookery
- James Brindley’s grave at Newchapel, and
- Reginald Mitchell’s birthplace in Butt Lane.”
Each former mining community in the district retains its original character and architectural heritage which would attract both the casual visitor as well as the professional historian.
Many of the former railways and tramways which have become walkways and footpaths could easily be transformed into heritage trails.
Bath Pool has the potential to become a major tourist attraction and the playing fields at Birchenwood Country Park could become a regional centre for a wide range of sporting activities.