Campaign group hands over waterside proposal document

Hollingwood lock house grant l-r: Geraint Coles, Development Manager Chesterfield Canal Partnership, Martin Bloomfield, Secretary Chesterfield Canal Trust, Rod Auton, publicity officer cct and Kath Auton Membership Secretary CCT
Hollingwood lock house grant l-r: Geraint Coles, Development Manager Chesterfield Canal Partnership, Martin Bloomfield, Secretary Chesterfield Canal Trust, Rod Auton, publicity officer cct and Kath Auton Membership Secretary CCT
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CAMPAIGNERS from Green Squeeze took the opportunity to present officers from Derbyshire County Council, Erewash Borough Council and a St Gobain representative with a booklet about creating a waterside development at the former Stanton Ironworks site.

The ‘draft aspiration document’ is written by Dr Geraint Coles, development manager for the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

MDL090620D1 - Its a pants idea! Protest against access roads to the new stanton site by campaign group Green Squeeze

MDL090620D1 - Its a pants idea! Protest against access roads to the new stanton site by campaign group Green Squeeze

It outlines his suggestion that there is potential for a waterside development on the site.

In November Dr Coles led a presentation outlining his experiences being involved with a similar project in Chesterfield and spoke of how what he had learned could be applied to any future development at the Stanton site.

Chairman Paul Harvey presented the booklet during the round table discussion at a design day.

Officers from Erewash Borough Council and Murray Lloyd, representing St Gobain, agreed to meet and discuss the idea in the new year.

Mr Harvey said: “We really believe that this proposal is the best idea for the Stanton site.

“We look forward to meeting with all of the relevant parties to discuss where to go from here.”

The idea sees the Nutbrook canal being re-opened and restored and forming the centrepiece for the new development.

The plan includes morrings for narrow boats and marinas.

St Gobain say that discussions they had with representatives from British Waterways in 2009 ended with them saying they had no desire to re-open the canal but the developer said they still have an interest in restoring the waterway.