Canal volunteers ina race against time
Will Staveley Town Lock be completed and operating in time for the National Trailboat Festival on May 28?
The Chesterfield Canal Trust’s volunteer work party is striving to get everything completed, but bad weather and mechanical problems are making it really difficult.
The main issue is completing the 300m of canal below the lock, known as Hartington Harbour. This area has been, at best, ankle deep in mud and at worst totally flooded since November.
The trust’s ageing excavator has developed frequent mechanical problems. JCB/TCHarrison has helped the trust to fix these breakdowns.
David Kiddy, trustee in charge of volunteers, said: “I am very proud of our volunteers. Many have come to work on four or five days a week throughout the winter, frequently working in atrocious conditions.”
Work on the lock itself is almost complete. Only coping stones and lock gates need to be fitted.