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The waterway maintenance company Water Witch has successfully reduced the level of pollution in the water spaces around Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters, following the completion of a five-month contract with Peel Land and Property.

The high-profile site, which is an integral part of Liverpool’s waterfront, is currently undergoing a huge transformation as part of the £5 billion Liverpool Waters project, led by Peel Land and Property. The dock has also seen a rise in the number of popular summer events being held on the waterfront over the past few years, which has made the site a favoured spot those living in and visiting the city.

Jackie Caddick, Director at Water Witch, said: “Our work in this location dates back to when the ambitious canal link was created, connecting the Leeds Liverpool Canal to the South Docks. This summer we’ve been working with Peel Land and Property on a weekly basis on cleaning up the waterways. This has included collecting algae which occurs naturally but blooms in the warm and sunny weather. We’ve also removed plastic bottles, Styrofoam and plastic cups, which are blown or washed into the water from all over the city. Our litter boats collect these which will prevent the plastics reaching the sea and causing further pollution.”

The Liverpool Waters regeneration project covers 60 hectares of Liverpool’s historic docklands and will create five distinct neighbourhoods with commercial, residential and leisure facilities for people to enjoy. Princes Dock is home to many high-profile organisations including KPMG, Malmaison Hotel and Cargill.

Princes Dock is also a well-known events space in the city, with the Liverpool Waters annual charity dragon boat race, the International Canoe Polo Tournament and the visit of the Disney Magic cruise liner making up just some of the many events that have already taken place this year. Still to come is the recently announced River of Light Festival and Creamfields Steel Yard which are both returning to Liverpool Waters again before the end of the year.

The area will become even more popular following the completion of three residential apartment buildings with work already starting on a number of developments including the 16 storey residential building, Plaza 1821. In addition to this work is due to start on the brand new Isle of Man ferry terminal and a new cruise liner terminal.

Liza Marco, Asset Manager at Peel Land and Property responsible for Liverpool Waters, said:

“We have seen a considerable rise in the number of people visiting Princes Dock over the past few years, so it is paramount that the waterways around the dock are clean and free of debris. The work we undertake with Water Witch is essential, and we can see a big difference in the quality of the water space following the completion of this work.”

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