IT MAY be empty water at present, but by spring colourful canal boats are expected to fill a new marina in a North Derbyshire town.
The Staveley Town Basin on the Chesterfield Canal, created as part of a regeneration project which has also included a new link road, is being filled with water to be ready for use in the coming weeks.
The marina, which has been under construction for more than a year, will provide secure short and long-term moorings, a slipway, car parking, cycle racks, toilets and showers, as well as a large open play area which can also be used for major waterway events and festivals.
Rod Auton, of Chesterfield Canal Trust, said: “It is a slow process, but an exciting development for us to have the basin ready.”
The basin is being created by a widening of the canal and is roughly 65m long and 45m wide, about half the size of basins at Shireoaks and West Stockwith on the British Waterways-owned section.
Coun John Allsop, a Derbyshire County Council cabinet member, said: “A lot of interest has been created by the filling up of the canal after so many months of hard work to get it ready. The mooring for the boats will be ready soon, providing a terminal for canal boats which we didn’t have before, so it will become a really valuable asset.
“All this work will make it more attractive for boats along that stretch of the canal
“It will also fulfil our aim of improving the area for visitors and is also part of our commitment to boosting tourism.”
Chesterfield Canal Trust is running Santa Special cruises from Hollingwood Hub until Christmas Eve. To book, call 01246 477 569.