Alan Charles and Robin Stonebridge (Chair) of Chesterfield Canal Trust Ltd
The work of a forward-thinking community project came under the spotlight this week when volunteers received a special visit from Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.
The Chesterfield Canal Trust welcomed the Commissioner at the Ratcliffe on Soar-based boatbuilers based at Redhill Marina, giving him a behind-the-scenes introduction to its work promoting the waterways to the public and entertaining community groups in the area.
The Trust received £20,850 in 2015-16 from the Commissioner’s NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings) Fund, which was launched to provide financial support to community capital projects which will leave a lasting legacy for their communities.
The funding, which was allocated in grants of up to £40,000, is a proportion of the income confiscated from criminals in Derbyshire under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This legislation provides police officers with the powers to seize cash and recover the valuable assets that have been bought by criminals through their illegal profits including property, cars and jewellery.
The Trust organises boat trips to enable members of the public and community groups to enjoy the natural splendour of the waterways. It also campaigns for the full restoration of the 46-mile long canal and the development of the Rother Valley link.
Commenting after his visit, Commissioner Charles said: “I was fascinated to see the work of the yard, see the progress on the construction and hear from the Trust volunteers how they’ve used my funding to ensure lots of people and youth organisations can get out and enjoy the beauty of Derbyshire’s stunning natural heritage.
“Organisations such as the Chesterfield Canal Trust depend heavily on external funding to cover essential maintenance costs and to keep it running and it’s important we do what we can to protect it for future generations.”
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Posted on Thursday 18th February 2016