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 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.
Covid-19 impacted work schedules in 2020, so the trust now expects completion of the canal cottages acquired in 2017 to be completed in late 2021; a museum and café alongside the Golden Mile canal length at Draycott will be included. The Golden Mile is now underway, after mitigating for water voles on site, with completion contracted for summer 2021. Match-funding was obtained to alleviate nearby flooding of the railway to combine with £100,000 raised by supporter donations. While these projects have been delayed, the first 300m of water in Spondon was completed during 2020, at least a year ahead of plan.
A completed River Derwent electric trip-boat will be launched as soon as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. The trust is now working with Derby City Council to create a river lock and city centre basin to encourage tourists into the city.
There are plans to divert sewers in Sandiacre Bottom Lock, close to the Erewash Canal junction, during the coming year ready for completion of the lock’s restoration in 2022. Plans are also in place to create a cycle path between Derby and Nottingham along the canal line, thereby acquiring land and creating the towpath along a 7-mile stretch. 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