Funding boost for Chesterfield canal lock scheme

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A project to build new lock gates on the Chesterfield Canal can go ahead after a major grant gave the scheme a funding boost.

Veolia Environmental Trust has presented Derbyshire County Council with £37,500 towards the manufacture and installation of the new gates at Staveley, near Chesterfield.

The work will be the third phase of a project to construct Staveley Town Lock in Staveley Town Basin, which is being led by volunteers.

Chris Beech, an assistant project manager working on the initiative, said: “The grant offer has been made by Veolia Environmental Trust as funding specifically toward design, fabrication and installation of new gates for the Staveley Town Lock.

“We have begun preparation of tender documents with respect to provision of gates and other lock ‘furniture’ and, following a very successful 2014, the Chesterfield Canal Trust and Derbyshire County Council will be working closely together throughout 2015 in a bid to achieve completion of the remainder of the engineering works required at Staveley Town Basin.”

Derbyshire County Council also welcomed the news and said the lock could boost future tourism.