Welcome to Aldcliffe Road Triangle

Turning a neglected plot of land into a pleasant green space for the benefit of the community *

Aldcliffe Road Triangle is a small triangular shaped piece of land between Aldcliffe Rd and the Lancaster Canal, on the south side of Lancaster city centre.

It is owned by the Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways), but was leased to Lancaster City Council for a period of 94 years in 1976.

homepage photo2 Jim Combe, one of our volunteers, had been ill with pancreatic cancer and died on 13th August. Jim and his wife Nicola were regular Triangle volunteers at the time we were doing the serious site clearance and demolition, and again when we were building the raised beds. They hosted many of the Triangle meetings at their new home on Aldcliffe Yard opposite the Triangle. It was Jim who successfully persuaded H20 and CPUK (the developer and contractor for the housing development) to support the Triangle in kind by paying for the works to repair and reduce the height of the towpath boundary wall. We are all very grateful for his contribution. He will be sorely missed.

The land has a history of light industrial use, most recently as a boat maker's yard, but has been disused and neglected since 2004, and the three small buildings on the site have been vandalised and fallen into disrepair. It has been a local eyesore and an occasional source of antisocial and criminal behaviour.

Local residents and city councillors have formed a Friends of the Triangle group with the hope of improving and transforming the land into public green space, and bringing the main building back into use. Having negotiated with the City Council and the Canal & River Trust we have now secured the lease to the land and planning permission for change of use has been successfully applied for.

Regular volunteer sessions are being held to tidy up the land and keep vegetation under control. Work to restore the workshop building is now complete. Two derelict lean-to buildings have been demolished by volunteers.

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The Aldcliffe Rd Triangle project is funded by:



Friends of the Triangle is a sub-group of the Fairfield Association, registered charity no. 1058030
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