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, lock chamber restorations, a 300m stretch of canal at Spondon and preparatory work on much of the rest of the canal line. Outline planning permission for the whole canal length and water abstraction rights have been secured. Despite ongoing Covid limitations in 2021, the trust has now completed three canal cottages at Draycott to be rented out for restoration income. The café alongside the Golden Mile canal length and part of the canal cottage complex will be completed in February 2022. The Golden Mile restoration at Draycott was delayed by flooding, which damaged the works and delayed progress, but repairs and the remainder of Phase 1 have now been completed and it is hoped that Phase 2 will be completed in summer 2022.
The River Derwent electric trip-boat Outram was launched in October 2021 ready for training of crew and an anticipated start date in spring 2022. The trust is now working with Derby City Council to create a river lock and city-centre basin to encourage tourists into Derby within the city’s aspirations to engage with its river and to be funded through the Levelling Up agenda. Plans to divert sewers in Sandiacre Bottom Lock, close to the Erewash Canal junction, are now expected to take place in 2022 following delays caused by Covid. The trust has seen an increased interest in volunteering over the past year and believes the quickening pace of restoration will be continued.
Discovering Derby's Lost Canal, Waterways World March 2020