WORK to clear miles of overgrown canal near Pocklington and link it with the region’s historic waterways could begin next year.

A study into restoring the abandoned section of Pocklington Canal, between Canal Head and Melbourne, has been given overwhelming support by local people. Heritage expert Marion Blockley has been asked to complete the report by British Waterways and the Leader Waterways Partnership.

Ms Blockley hopes to submit her report in the coming months and, if approved, work could potentially begin by next summer.

The canal runs for over nine miles through the East Riding, eventually meeting with the River Derwent.