Canal to get a cash boost

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A CANAL group is to benefit from a £90,000 windfall which will boost their on-going project to restore an historic waterway.

Derbyshire County Council has earmarked the cash to help pay for a waterways officer to focus on the county’s canals for the next two years, including Cromford Canal.

Major work will begin later this year on the 14.5 mile stretch of water to help make it navigable once again.

Boats haven’t used it since 1944, but the county council has earmarked a further £300,000 to dredge a 1.3-mile stretch so that boats can sail between Cromford Wharf and Leawood Pump House.

Meanwhile, Friends of the Cromford Canal are holding their AGM at Ironville Church Hall, in Ironville, on Monday, April 16 at 7.30pm.

Admission is free.

Archivist Hugh Potter will give a talk and slide show.