The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust aims to restore the Derby Canal as near to its original line as possible.
Successes to date include restoration of bridges, a road culvert and preparatory work on around 2½ miles of canal line. Outline planning permission for the whole canal length and water abstraction rights have been secured.
During 2017 the trust acquired six canal cottages for restoration to include a museum and café alongside the Golden Mile canal length at Draycott. Funding has reached £700,000 and, although planning permission has delayed progress, the trust expects completion of the cottages in 2020 after around 10,000 volunteer hours. The canal section will be dependent on raising £250,000 additional funding, but the trust hopes for a 2020 completion.
Sandiacre Bottom Lock, close to the Erewash Canal, has been excavated and Borrowash Bottom Lock chamber was completed by WRG during 2019. Sewer diversions are now required for each lock section and negotiations are underway.
A River Derwent electric trip-boat is under construction and will be launched in Easter 2020. Work on the first 60m of water started in December 2019 in Spondon and, working in partnership with a local developer, this will extend to 300m in total over the next two years. The pace of work is now primarily dependent on volunteer support, which is always welcomed.
Discovering Derby's Lost Canal, Waterways World March 2020