Chesterfield Canal set for centrepiece lock gates at Staveley

Restoration of Chesterfield Canal's Staveley Lock will be crowned with new lock gate thanks to Veolia funding.
Restoration of Chesterfield Canal's Staveley Lock will be crowned with new lock gate thanks to Veolia funding.

A wonderful project to install centrepiece lock gates on the Chesterfield Canal in Staveley can go ahead thanks to a funding boost from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

The trust has awarded Derbyshire County Council a grant of £37,500 towards the manufacture and installation of the new gates.

County Council cabinet member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Dean Collins, said: “Redeveloping Staveley Basin is all part of our plans to create a thriving local economy in Derbyshire to benefit everyone.

“This funding will help us continue to restore the canal and make more of the waterway navigable as well as improving the area for visitors to help boost tourism.”

The work will be the third phase of a project to construct Staveley Town Lock in Staveley Town Basin.

The new lock will provide a centrepiece to the site.

Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, said: “The new lock gates will bring many benefits for Staveley, its residents and its visitors and we look forward to seeing the start of their installation.”

The grant was one of 53 awarded by the trust to UK community and environmental projects with the grants totalling over £1.4m. Veolia stated that this total represents its commitment to communities and the environment. Veolia awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and since it was established in 1997 it has awarded over £3.9m to 89 projects in Derbyshire.

It is now working with the county council to finalise the details of their project, including the start date, so it can get up and running as soon as possible.

When it is completed, the basin will be a combination of water-space on the canal and open green space for exhibits to be used during canal festival events.