The Chesterfield Canal Trust submitted a planning application for 1.6 miles of restoration to the Chesterfield Borough boundary. The only objection has been from HS2, but it is expected that this will be settled early in 2021. The hope is that the bulk of the funds will come from the Staveley Towns Fund, of which the canal’s restoration is a major part.
The trust received a Waterways in Progress grant of £50,000 from IWA for its Rewatering Renishaw project. This was to have started in the spring of 2020, but has been continually delayed because of Covid-19 and minor permission issues. The hope is that a start will be made in January 2021.
The work party is putting the final touches to Hartington Harbour having laid the clay. After it has been permanently flooded, the final major job on the site will be the cladding of the lock tail-bridge.