The Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust has already enjoyed working in partnership with the very active community in Spondon. Many local residents already recognise the benefit that canal restoration would bring to their part of Derby and are already working with us to prepare the way.

When following the canal line in to the city from Borrowash there are several points around Spondon where the route has become overgrown or is interrupted by impassable scrub land. The restoration would re-introduce a high-quality waterside path connecting East Derbyshire with Derby so that it could once again be used by cyclists and walkers. The path would run parallel to what would become some very idyllic sections of canal. This route really would be a “green corridor” running into the city, enhancing the environment and re-introducing wildlife habitats.

It is clear from looking at other recent canal restorations in the UK that the houses close to the canal line in this area would become highly sort after due to their proximity to the water and so could expect to see an increase in the value of their property of around 20%.

This part of the city has been earmarked by the city council for further residential expansion. A Canal restoration such as this would mean that any future developments would be well balanced with a waterway, accentuating the area’s character and distinctiveness.

One particular feature along this section is the original winding hole at Spondon which has already been partially restored by the Trust. Once fully restored waterfront businesses like the “Canal Turn” pub which recently renamed itself in anticipation of the canal being restored would expect a step increase in the number of customers visiting their premises. In Spondon there are plenty of further opportunities for entrepreneurs to make the most of waterside development opportunities.

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.