Photo: The former Derby canal now used as a cycle and walking path by Joebloggsy
The Derby canal is 15 miles (24.1km) long and in various ownerships.
Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust supported by Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society plans to restore the Canal via a new connection from the Trent & Mersey at Swarkestone along the original line to Wilmorton. 60% of the canal route is in local authority ownership and allocated to be transferred to the Trust when restoration funding is available. In addition, the Trust purchased a further 3 miles of the Canal and negotiations continue to purchase the remainder. In late 2007, the Trust secured funding to employ a project manager with support to drive forward the canal restoration project for two and a half years. Funding of up to £150,000, phased until 2010, was provided by Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership with matched funding through the Trust’s existing partnerships with local councils and the Trust’s own fundraising efforts.
In August 2011 the Trust received the final piece of outline planning consent from South Derbyshire District Council and they are now drawing up development and funding plans in order to take the first practical steps towards restoring a section to water.