Residents are being asked for their views on granting conservation area status for Sawley’s popular tourist spot Trent Lock.
A six-week public consultation opened on Monday 30 April to find out if people agree the site should be granted the status to protect its heritage and history.
Trent Lock is at the confluence of three late 18th Century waterways – the Loughborough Navigation (1778), the Erewash Canal (1779) and the Trent Navigation (1787). If the conservation area proposal goes ahead it 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:
“It is vital that we protect our borough’s heritage and we firmly believe that Trent Lock – which is a popular and much-loved site needs that protection for its important buildings that have great architectural and historic interest.“We want to know if our residents agree with us and I encourage everyone to get involved with this consultation and give us their view.”
The consultation runs until Friday 8 June. Residents can respond online at www.erewash.gov.uk/trentlock where a document giving more details about the proposal along with a map showing the designated area will also be available.
Alternatively, consultation forms and details are also available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls and Ilkeston and Long Eaton libraries.