Protecting heritage  

Popular tourist hotspot Trent Lock looks set to be granted conservation area status, ensuring its heritage and history is properly protected.
 
A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week is expected to give the green light to the proposal for the site following a public consultation earlier this year in which 94% of those that responded agreed that it should become a conservation area.
 
The Sawley site is a popular leisure destination for residents, visitors to the borough, waterways enthusiasts and those who enjoy walking and boating. It has a choice of places to eat and drink and has a rich industrial, architectural and navigational history.
 
It is at the confluence of three late 18th Century waterways – the Loughborough Navigation (1778), the Erewash Canal (1779) and the Trent Navigation (1787) and conservation area status would also recognise the rarity value of a group of buildings at Trent Lock that date back to these waterways.
 
The historic interest of Trent Lock is reflected in its inclusion in key gazetteers of industrial archaeology.  The Canal & River Trust has also described it as one of the ‘particular highlights’ of the Erewash Canal and a site with ‘high heritage values’ – saying the lock chamber, the former Erewash Navigation Inn building and the former toll booths are all ‘significant’ features.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“We have always recognised the importance of protecting our borough’s heritage and the role that we can play to ensure this happens is one we take very seriously. This is another clear example of our commitment to preserving our history and heritage and we are delighted that the public support this proposal for Trent Lock.
 
“We thank everyone for their interest and the organisations that were also involved in our consultation, like the Canals & Rivers Trust and the Erewash Canal Preservation Society.”
 
The meeting of the Council Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 4 September at 10.30am.