New £60,000 boat for the Chesterfield Canal

news_chesterfield_pplsmillions150pxIssue date: 29 June 2011

The Chesterfield Canal Trust has just won a cheque for £60,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to build and equip an electric tripboat.

The project was chosen by TV viewers as winners in the Jubilee People’s Millions. This is a competition in which short films are shown each night about two projects. The public then vote for the one they support. The Trust’s film was shown on Monday night in the ITV Yorkshire & Humberside Region and a film crew came to give the good news the following day.

The boat will be based at Kiveton Park. It will be fully accessible for the disabled, with an electro-hydraulic system to enable any user to steer the boat from anywhere within it, regardless of disability.

  • To provide access to the Chesterfield Canal for 200 people with mobility impairments
  • To run a RYA or NCBA Helmspersons Certificate course for 10 adult volunteers from the local community
  • To run a RYA or NCBA Helmspersons Certificate course for 20 young people from Wales High School
  • To develop with Wales High School a pupil engagement enterprise programme based around the business of running it as a trip boat.

Dr. Geraint Coles, the Chesterfield Canal Development Manager and the author of the bid, said “We are very grateful to all those who voted for us, especially to the waterways community. The hard work starts now. We will be involving Bluebell Wood and Wales High School in every stage of the design.”