Puddle problem at Erewash canal in Ilkeston

Jesse Beardsley looks to avoid the muddy puddles along the banks of the Erewash Canal.
Jesse Beardsley looks to avoid the muddy puddles along the banks of the Erewash Canal.

Puddles on the towpath by the Erewash Canal are causing a problem for cyclists and people with prams according to a resident who lives nearby.

Jesse Beardsley, 73, who lives on Oundle Drive, part of the Larklands estate, told the ‘Tiser the towpath is in a terrible state, making it hard for walkers, bikers and people pushing buggies.

He said: “There are about 200 puddles between Station Road and Potters Lock.

“It has got to the stage where you can’t walk along it. A young lady with a pushchair wouldn’t be able to walk along there.”

The canal is maintained by the Canal and River Trust. A spokesman said: “We know that the towpath through Ilkeston is really popular but we also recognise that it needs improving to make it more pleasant in wet weather. That’s why we’re currently working with partners on a funding bid that would see the towpath improved between Gallows Inn and Cotmanhay. This could take a little while so we ask people to bear with us but to be assured that we understand their views and are working to make the path better.”

In 1968 The Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association was created and restoration work led to the Erewash Canal being upgraded in the 1980s from ‘remainder’ to ‘cruiseway’ status as defined by the Transport Act 1968.