Canal statue plan finalised

Amended plans have been unveiled for an extension of the Forth and Clyde Canal that will feature two giant equine sculptures.

They include the creation of a culvert which will take the canal and its towpath under the M9 and a turning pool where the 30m-high "kelpie" statues will be positioned. One of the kelpies will move to displace the water required to operate the canal lock.

A planning application will now be prepared and it is hoped that work will start early next year. The Helix project, a joint venture between Falkirk Council, British Waterways and the Central Scotland Forest Trust, aims to create up to 4,250 jobs and generate £50 million a year for the local economy by 2012.

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