Working to enhance Derbyshire
Derbyshire County Council has an ongoing programme of work to remove dereliction and clean-up hazardous and contaminated sites to assist with the economic and environmental regeneration of the county.
Since the late 1960s, many collieries and mineral railways have been restored and brought back into beneficial use. Recent schemes include Bolsover and Pleasley collieries, the ongoing restoration of Chesterfield Canal and the many trails and cycle ways around the county.
The council’s land reclamation team designed and managed the work to create the Grassmoor Country Park and Golf Course in the 1970s. Following the closure of British Coal’s operations, we have worked hard to secure funding to clean up the Grassmoor lagoons. We have undertaken numerous surveys, site investigations and treatment trials to improve understanding of the problems at Grassmoor and secure the necessary approvals to enable the scheme to progress.
In the next stage, we are working towards restoring the site to enhance the environment and landscape of this part of Derbyshire. Once restored, the former lagoons site will extend the existing country park to provide greater opportunities for Derbyshire residents and visitors, whether for exercise, dog walking or just enjoying the new wildlife that will be encouraged to thrive on the site.