Restoration plan for canal needs council approval

Decision: Rotherham planners asked to approve restoration plan
Decision: Rotherham planners asked to approve restoration plan
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A section of crumbling canal banking in Rotherham could be restored to provide a new wall for boats to berth – though consent is needed from the council before the work can be done because the waterway has Grade II Listed status.

The Canal and River Trust has identified a section of the Chesterfield Canal which runs in Rotherham that needs to be rebuilt because of erosion which has seen the canal side partially collapse into the water.

It has left a steep banking which has to be tackled by anyone trying to berth and disembark from vessels on the canal in South Anston.

The affected stretch covers 22 metres, close to lock 28 on the Thorpe Flight, a short distance from Little Lane.

The Trust’s plan is to sink a series of piles into the canal floor and use that as a basis to create a concrete foundation which will then take a retaining wall.

The edge of the structure would be topped with coping stones to finish the edge of the canal and give a flat surface for those disembarking from boats.

A report to Rotherham Council states: “This stretch needs a hard edge for craft to moor against”.

A decision on whether to approve the work will be taken later.