Fly the canal route virtually
Andy Savage at www.derbyphotos.co.uk is a supporter of the DSCT and produced some excellent aerial 360 photos in June 2021 along the canal route, with footage from just north of Kiwi Park, at the London Road Bridge and at St. Osmund’s Church.
Progress so far
The historic canal route runs along the western edge of Alvaston for 1.7 miles. The restoration would bring significant economic benefits to the area as it would introduce new opportunities for different types businesses to start up on sites that are currently dormant or underutilised. The presence of a canal would allow this part of Derby to expand and diversify its employment opportunities, in a way which is not currently possible.
Areas such as the Haydock Park industrial estate (in an area directly adjacent to Alvaston) would naturally be able to reinvent themselves as sites for activities such as boat building, boat maintenance, livery design and secure mooring services.
As has been seen in other parts of the UK, existing businesses along the route such as pubs would see an increase in trade not just from the addition of boaters to their customer base but also as a result of these places becoming known as “waterside venues”. Residents living near to the canal would also see an increase in the value of their property.