Canal repairs to begin at last

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WORK is taking place next week to restore a canal embankment on the outskirts of Sheffield nine months after it partially collapsed.

Derbyshire County Council revealed it has found funding for the repairs to a stretch of Chesterfield Canal, near Killamarsh, where a section of embankment including the towpath had collapsed, leaving just a couple of feet of mud and stones to contain the water.

A Derbyshire County Council spokeswoman said: “Work starts on Monday 26 September to restore the canal bank on a stretch of the Chesterfield Canal at Killamarsh. We expect the work to take 5 days and it will cost just over £6,000.”

The problem had been highlighted by Chesterfield Canal Trust, which is working to restore the waterway, and Roy Weatherstone, a retired engineer, of Gleadless, who walks his dogs along the canal. There were fears the water could have flooded onto Rotherham Road, nearby.

Mr Weatherstone said: “It’s good news that something is being done at last to restore the embankment and stop it collapsing further.”