Fundraising Appeal Launched To Restore Canal’s Golden Mile – £33,000 raised already.
On bank holiday Monday, 29th May Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trustee and Conservative parliamentary candidate for Erewash, Maggie Throup officially launched our fundraising campaign to rebuild the first stretch of the former waterway and create a new visitor attraction.
A ¾ mile stretch of the canal in Draycott between Hopwell Road and Derby Road – known locally as the ‘Golden Mile’ – has been earmarked to be restored.
The bentonite-lined canal will have a constant water depth of 1.2m with a weir created close to the Derby Road bridge to allow any excess water to flow down the existing drain.
Once completed, the ‘Golden Mile’ will have a slipway to allow canoes and boats access to the water with mooring points at each end.
The canal will be stocked with fish and angling facilities set up. There will be a hard-standing car park at Hopwell Road for the visitor attraction with a re-laid foot and cycle path as well as a grass track for horse riders.
We need to demonstrate public support we are appealing for pledges totalling £100,000 before applying for grant funding to complete the £352,000 project. To date we have raised £33,000 towards the total, a magnificent achievement and now we are going national.
A contractor has been identified and, once the money is raised, it is estimated that the work will take just 12 weeks to complete.
Chris Madge, Chairman of the Restoration Committee for the Trust, explained: “The Draycott ‘Golden Mile’ is the first stage of the overall vision to see the canal reinstated.
“A great deal of hard work has gone into getting us to this stage but now we have the stretch surveyed and priced, we’re raring to go.
“We’ve focused on this section as our first project to reinstate a stretch of canal as it is the most cost effective to deliver and we have very positive support from the local community.
“We are confident that the canal will become a real attraction locally and hopefully encourage more collaboration in future restorations.
“We need pledges of support from individuals, businesses and organisations at this stage which we will then call upon when the funding target has been reached and the construction work is scheduled to begin.”
Maggie Throup said: “To have the Derby and Sandiacre Canal re-established would be fantastic for our local community and for visitors alike.
“I hope that once people see that what is happening here, the other stages will come to fruition even quicker.
“People often say that if you stay around long enough, things come back into fashion. This will hopefully be the case with the canals just as we have seen with the return of the train station in nearby Ilkeston.”
Eddy Case is Vice Chairman of the Society and lives in Draycott. He concluded: “The ‘Golden Mile’ plans are another important stage in our partnership work with the local community in Draycott.
“The feedback from local residents and the Parish Council has been extremely positive and the village has effectively adopted this project as their canal.
“We have previously attracted a lot of support from local volunteers to plant a kilometre of hawthorn hedge to promote wildlife along the former canal and this was welcomed by local organisers who recently won a Gold medal in the Britain in Bloom Awards.
“The ‘Golden Mile’ will be a wonderful recreational resource for the local community. It will greatly support local businesses with increased visitor numbers and will improve the biodiversity of the area by attracting wildlife.”
Mr Madge concluded: “Cities such as Birmingham have recognised the value of maximising their canals’ potential for leisure use which has been an important catalyst for regenerating the city centre.
“We hope to do the same for the urban and rural areas around the canal. The ‘Golden Mile’ is therefore an important first part of our overall programme to create a fantastic leisure resource for the local area.”
The Trust is looking for more public donations in the form of pledges. The Trust will take details from any supporter and only call for the money when the balance has been raised. Pledge forms are available below.
We are planning to restore the Derby Canal in Draycott – that’s nearly a mile of new water park stretching from Derby Road to Hopwell Road and be rebuilt to canal standard for later adoption into the national network.
As you will know this Draycott stretch has been improved by the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust over many years. When the channel was dug fifteen years ago hawthorn whips were planted and they are now being laid to present a continuous hedgerow to encourage wildlife as it was 200 years ago. This and other works by our volunteers supported by Draycott folk have given rise to the name “The Golden Mile”.
What will it look like?
The canal will follow the existing route and the path reinstated after the work is complete. This will create a level canal pound without locks. Our contractor has used a state of the art drone, which has mapped the stretch from Hopwell Road to the Derby Road bridge. This has produced a 3D image that shows that all the soils moved to create the canal will be used on site.
A computer controlled, GPS guided excavator will use the 3D image to produce the typical U shaped canal profile and a constant water depth of 1.2m for the full length of the canal. A dam will be created close to the Derby Road bridge with a weir to allow any excess water to flow down the existing drain. A slipway and small car park will be constructed at the Hopwell Road end.
Water from existing streams will provide a constant, but slow flow to keep the water clear for amenity use until other sections of the canal are built. Once restored the section of canal will have the following features:
• A slipway to allow small boats and canoes to access the water.
• Mooring points at each end.
• Angling facilities.
• A re-laid foot/cycle path with a grass track for horse riders.
These works can be fully achieved over a 12 week period as soon as funding is available.
Draycott in Water
You can help. There are other possibilities for the village to benefit from the canal and we
are setting up a “Steering Group” to enhance the designs to reflect village views. We are considering a trip boat to advertise the canal restoration and potentially raise funds. We also need to consider other areas such as whether a cafe might be useful, car parking detail and access requirements of all users and of course how to fund any enhancements. We already have the support of the Parish Council, whose Chair will sit on the Group. If you want to find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
How will it be funded?
The estimated total current cost of the project is less than £400,000. This is based upon a detailed fixed quotation for the construction works we specified. Funding will need to be raised from grants and public appeals. The Trust has identified a number organisations that may provide grant funding to assist this development. These grant organisations do however want to see that the applicant, in this case the Trust, has made significant steps with regard to fundraising; typically we need to show a minimum of 20% of the expected cost. The Trust has therefore lunched a public appeal for pledges of funds; please read on for more details.
What are the benefits?
• The restored canal will act as a recreational resource for the local community whether it be angling, canoeing or simply walking or riding along the canal.
• A permanent aquatic corridor will improve the biodiversity by attracting invertebrates, fish, hedgerow birds, duck and swans, water voles, etc.
• Increased use of the canal corridor has the potential to bring increased revenues to the businesses in Draycott.
• A key benefit to the Trust is that this restoration will cement the planning consent that the Trust has across the Borough of Erewash further protecting the route of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal. The mooted use of the canal route for a tram service to Derby if implemented would prevent restoration of the canal.
What can you do the help us?
Please pledge your support to the fundraising initiative by sponsoring a yard (or more) of the restoration. In order to apply for grant funding the Trust has to show that it is capable of raising match funding; typically of around 20% of the total cost. Every £1 you pledge can be worth £5 to the Trust. As a pledge we will not ask you to actually handover any money to the Trust until we are in a position to physically commence the construction works. If you would like to pay for your sponsorship straightaway please indicate this in the comment box below.
If you want it we will recognise your support as follows on completion of the project:
- All pledges of £100 or more will be recorded in our Contributors Book to be held by the Parish Council and published on the Trust’s website.
- All pledges of at least £500 will be recorded on an engraved brick to be built into a celebratory wall to be erected at the Hopwell Road end.
- All pledges in excess of £1,000 will also be noted on a sign board to be erected at the Derby Road end of the stretch. Any businesses making such a donation may also have links and details attached to our web site and advertising in the Packet magazine.
We now need your commitment to enable us to move forward.