The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust is a charitable organisation backed by more than 700 subscribing members. Moreover, its dedicated to restoring the Derby Canal as close to the original line as possible. This will connect Derby to the national waterways network at Swarkestone and Sandiacre. Additionally, it will establish a maintained circular route for boaters, cyclists and walkers of 25 miles travelling through urban and rural areas.
The delivery of the project will bring a massive economic benefit to Derby city and environment by:
- Acting as a catalyst to regenerate the riverside with a marina. Also, a boat lift and passenger boats to bring over 500,000 paying visitors to the city each year
- Linking up with other Derby heritage sites including the Silk Mill – the site of the first factory in the world and entrance to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site
- Supporting small businesses and retailers in outlying villages
- Boosting the viability of boat based businesses on the Erewash Canal.
As well as providing a beautiful outdoor water based space to enjoy for fishing, canoeing, swimming and boating.
We have already made significant progress by obtaining detailed engineering feasibility and design studies. Also, securing planning permission for the whole canal route and restoring bridges and locks. Establishing culverts, securing fences and cutting back plant and tree growth.
We are now looking to raise £100,000 for our Draycott project to restore a kilometre of canal and 6 canal cottages. Also, we want to open up another lock at Sandiacre, restore a length and rebuild a lock at Borrowash. Furthermore, we aim to develop outlines of commercially viable developments in Derby city fed by a tourist trip boat on the river.
We are strongly supported by all four local authorities through which our route passes. As well as, by local Members of Parliament and a body of enthusiasts with proven skills across the business and construction sectors. We are always looking out for people with an interest in our success who would like to help our strong leadership team and speed up our success.
Please visit our website if you are interested in supporting us or to find out more.
172 Sancroft Road,