The Trust is working for the early restoration of this section of canal. A £1.5m bid for lottery funding to restore 800m between Lock Lane and Springfield Avenue failed. Whilst we were commended for the quality of the bid we feel it was probably because we asked for too much without a pedigree of delivery. We are therefore taking Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) advice and starting with a smaller project – the excavation of Sandiacre Bottom Lock – to enable us to prove ourselves. This would then lead to a larger bid at a later stage with a view to establishing a length of water available for cruising from the Erewash Canal junction up to Springfield Avenue. We would create a small basin on the west side of Cockayne’s Bridge allowing small boats to turn.
Early in the life of the Trust WS Atkins undertook a detailed study to assess the overall viability and to look at possible levels of the water. In their report they suggested that Sandiacre Top Lock should not be restored. Instead the canal would continue at about 2m lower than the original level under Cockayne’s Bridge (although the bridge foundations might require work to accommodate this) and thereby passing under Springfield Avenue and Bostocks Lane in a culvert without adversely affecting the road heights.
he lock was used as a land fill site the planning permission stated we’d need to sample the infill material. When we did that we found some traces of white asbestos (just over the safe level in two of fifteen samples). This has meant that the methods to be applied to prevent airborne asbestos dust and the consequent costs of excavation and disposal have increased significantly. After a lengthy discussions with the Borough Council the Method Statement was agreed and revised quotations for the work were obtained, which included the use of contractors experienced in hazardous waste removal.
In 2019, the Lock at Sandiacre has now been excavated, with the sewer pipe crossing the wing wall now diverted. The lock has been emptied and the Trust is in the process of assessment to plan to repair the chamber; generally it looks in good condition. The excavation has been fenced off for safety, and we are planning organised controlled access by the public in the future to explore the heritage and history of the site.
Criminal damage caused by arson of a van beneath Cockayne bridge has caused damage that means the bridge has been in-filled to support traffic until the a replacement or repaired bridge can be constructed. D&SC Trust has been in consultation with Erewash Council and agreed that the new/repaired bridge will be built with the Derby Canal in mind.
Some images of the current progress made with the sandiacre lock excavations, and the fire damage caused to the bridge, is shown below:
Interested in helping out?
Please feel free to come along to one of our Working Parties in the area, see the Calendar for the latest dates and further details.