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New life for East Midlands canals

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There are ambitious plans to revitalise waterways across the East Midlands.

The newest section of inland waterways in Britain is on Ashby Canal. It has extended the Leicestershire waterways by 30 metres, a step which Geoff Pursglove of the Ashby Canal Trust believes is of major significance.

The Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust hope to secure planning for a 12 mile route of the disused Derby Canal in 2010, making it navigable. At presently it lacks water.

The disused Grantham Canal in Nottinghamshire has been a haven for wildlife such as the water vole and otter.

Waterways expert Pat Morris says further regeneration across the East Midlands is likely.

"It's proven that for every pound invested in canal restoration many pounds come back in terms of visitor spend and economic activity."

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