The Independent London Newspaper


Plea to open up towpath around City Road Basin

Del Brenner and local activist, Leo Chapman

Del Brenner and local activist, Leo Chapman

Published: 12 October, 2012

A NEW battle to urge property owners – including Islington Council – to open up a promised mile-long circular towpath around City Road Basin was launched this week by canal campaigners. 

They spoke out as work begins on a 36-storey tower block – the biggest in the borough – which will overshadow the lock and Islington Boat Club.

Walkers argue that they can’t use much of the towpath around the basin because of locked gates and obstacles.

One of the biggest culprits, according to Del Brenner, a member of the Regents Network and the London Water­ways Commission, is Islington Council, who own a semi-derelict industrial site at Wharf Road on the east side of the basin. Walkers are locked out of the 20ft wide towpath by a heavy 12ft wrought iron gate. Mr Brenner said: “We were promised as part of the develop­ment of this area, an opportunity to walk around the basin, which has so much industrial heritage.”


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