Residents are being asked for their views on the protection of two popular heritage sites in Erewash in a six week public consultation being carried out by Erewash Borough Council.

Trent Lock 

Trentlock3WEBThe council wants your thoughts on granting conservation area status for Sawley’s popular tourist spot Trent Lock.

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.

Trent Meadows Trent MeadowsWeb

Residents are also being asked if they support a proposal to grant Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status to the wildlife hotspot Trent Meadows in Long Eaton.

The council wants to add the site to its nine other official nature reserves in the borough, saying the area is a valuable open space for the local community, visitors and nature conservation.

Trent Meadows is in a wildlife-rich area alongside the River Trent, Attenborough Nature Reserve and a number of local wildlife sites and declaring it a LNR would help protect the site for nature and for the recreational enjoyment of visitors.

Residents can show their support and share their comments by emailing

Online surveys

Residents can complete a short survey for both consultations online by clicking this link: MyViews or hard copies are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls. Both surveys close online on Friday 8 June.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
0115 907 2244
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