Bondholder Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust has submitted the application to install a landing stage and create a path on land next to the River Derwent, close to Exeter Bridge and towards the rear of The Tap pub in Exeter Place. It is hoped to begin running the cruises this year.
The planning application, which has yet to be decided on, is part of the Trust’s plan to reintroduce river cruises, which ran through the city around 20 years ago, as a new tourist attraction. The landing stage would accommodate an electrically powered narrowboat, to run cruises along a 2.5 kilometre route as far as Darley Abbey.
The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has granted the Trust’s scheme £48,000 and Derby City Council a further £7,000, to purchase the cost of the narrowboat and construct a mooring point.
Further Trust ambitions include a ‘Derby Arm’; which would lift boats out of the restored Derby and Sandiacre Canal, at Pride Park, so they can be brought down the River Derwent.