Missing canal link plan revealed

Rod Auton at possible route of canal in Killamarsh
Rod Auton at possible route of canal in Killamarsh

A missing canal link looks set to be restored - as part of a housing regeneration scheme.

NE Derbyshire District Council has been working alongside Chesterfield Canal Trust to look at restoring the canal route in Killamarsh as part of a plan to build new council homes in the town.

The £10.5m scheme, which also includes a site in Eckington, involves demolishing 94 post war ‘Tarran’ bungalows across the two sites, to be replaced with around 150 properties for rent.

The authority has now agreed to incorporate some land previously outside of the regeneration scheme boundary, which could see a new section of the canal pass through the new housing development.

Rod Auton, of Chesterfield Canal Trust, said: “We are always being asked by Killamarsh residents when they will see the canal being restored.

“We are therefore delighted that this progress is being made to create a new canal route through the town.”

He wadded: “We had an original plan for Killamarsh but this would work out a lot cheaper and give us more room for the canal, to have moorings.”

Residents including the tenants of the ‘Tarran’ bungalows – have been asked for their views, and support the proposals.

Cllr Betty Hill, member with responsibility for housing, said: “Restoring the missing link in Killamarsh would be a great boost for the town and add a real feature to the community.

“It’s still early days but this is a brilliant opportunity and we are working closely with the Trust, tenants and residents, to develop these plans.”