New Chesterfield Canal Basin in Water

news_staveleybasin150pxIssue date: 13th January 2012

Staveley Town Basin is full after being watered for three weeks over the Christmas period using a 6” pipe through a temporary dam. On Thursday 5th January, the dam was dug out allowing the last few inches of water to gush through.

The basin has been years in the planning, but construction started last March. The new basin has been linked back to Mill Green thanks to a washwall nearly 600 metres long that was constructed by the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s volunteer Work Party. The final coping stone was laid on 2nd January this year.

The excavation and insertion of the clay lining was carried out by Killingley’s, the contractors. All of the works have been carried out under the direction of engineers from Derbyshire County Council who supplied some of the funding. However, the bulk of the funds came from a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency. Thanks must also go to Staveley Town Council and the Waterway Recovery Group.

The next job for the volunteer work party is to build a new lock on the basin site. The foundations have already been laid thanks to grants from Lafarge and the Inland Waterways Association. The Chesterfield Canal Trust is running a donate-a-brick scheme as part of the Staveley Town Lock campaign that has already raised £15,000.

The site includes a large events area where the Chesterfield Canal Festival will be held on 30th June and 1st July this summer. This promises to be a terrific event with three tripboats, an entertainment marquee, lots of stalls, rides and food and drink, plus the chance to go on a boat trip, vintage bus ride and steam train ride at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

For further information about the Festival or donating bricks for the lock or anything to do with the Chesterfield Canal, please call 01246 477569 or email festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk.