The reinstatement of the Derby Sandiacre Canal offers a myriad of benefits to local residents, business’s and visitors.
– Leisure amenities on multi-user towpath.
– Sustainable canalside housing along water frontage.
– Inter-modal transportation links for industry, linking water, road and rail links, to improve logistics efficiency and reduce pollution.
– Bring-site recycling initiatives along the corridor, using cleaner water freight
– Sustainable urban drainage schemes and river flood water catchment
The value of the ‘Canal’ will only gain recognition through the introduction of stakeholder partnerships, collaborations with private and public bodies, to create new green amenities, housing developments and transport links. To this end the Trust have formed and identified partnerships to assist in various capital projects;
Local Authorities: Derby City, Erewash, South Derbyshire
Waterways: IWA and BW
Transport: Network rail
Education and Leisure: Sustrans and Derby University
Housing: Westerman Homes and WS Properties
Economic Regeneration: Erewash Partnership Derby and City Partnership
Local Community: Spondon Community Association
A City lacking Waterways and Green Ways?
The City of Derby, out of forty largest UK Cities, is the only one not to have a living waterway. The city is doing a stirling job to create inner City riverside amenities, bridges, riverside parks and waterway developments, but there remains an oversight to recognise the value of linkage to surrounding areas. By utilising the canal corridor as a linear park, over twelve miles of dedicated green space, the City will become more accessible to non vehicle users and a healthier leisure attraction.
Presently any visitor or resident wishing to walk and gain the green heritage experience, explore run or cycle from the heart of the City through green open space, can only do so by catching a train out of Derby to maybe York or Birmingham.
Since the inception of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society and Trust , decision makers have failed to recognise the added value of utilising and linking open green spaces to the City. The emphasis on navigation has neglected the benefits to other audiences, such as water side residents, cyclists, walkers, naturalists, joggers, and pedestrians wishing or seeking a green space experience.
- Quotes from our most important stakeholder:Local Residents and Visitors.
- The Derby City cycling experience as a commuter from York, where my bike to work journey is financially rewarded, became a journey from hell with little and no regard for cyclists.
Rob Bilton, Network Rail employee
- Is there anywhere I can jog to in the City as opposed to drive out of town?
- We operate an organic food distribution service door to door, particularly for elder residents, I’ve heard that our cycle carrier maybe able to use the canal corridor. I hope this happens as it would be increase our catchment area and provide a far safer and efficient service.
Soundbites:Organic Food Distributor
- I sampled a bit of East Midlands heritage and visited the silk mills, a truly precious reminder of Derby heritage, yet no opportunity to walk the canal corridor. Can someone provide signs promoting the canal heritage walks – my understanding is that I can walk to the Trent and Mersey and Erewash junctions and come back on the bus – if that be the case I’ll stay over for a long weekend.
Vaughn Welch, Birmingham
- Why does the environmental agency ignore the role of the canal in providing flood management solutions ?
Anonymous flood expert, East Midlands