Staveley, Derbyshire

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Coordinates: 53°16′10″N 1°20′54″W / 53.2694°N 1.3484°W / 53.2694; -1.3484

Staveley is a town within the borough of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. The town is situated alongside the River Rother, adjacent to Eckington to the north, Barlborough to the east, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton civil parish to the south and Brimington to the west.

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History

It has traditionally been a mining town with several large mining pits situated in and around the area, with the closest being Ireland Pit (Ireland Colliery Brass Band is named after this colliery). However this pit has now closed down along with the others in the area.

Other major local industries include Staveley Works foundry and Staveley Chemicals. The nationwide decline in industries such as these has taken its toll, hitting these factories just as hard as the coal mining industry. Staveley Chemicals and Staveley Works have now closed with the only section of chemical plant remaining being the P-aminophenol plant (A key component to making Paracetamol) which is run by Covidien, an American led company.[citation needed]. It is also the home town of the Townes Brewery. Modern industry includes a plastic pipe moulding factory for Brett Martin plc.

The New Markham Vale Loop Road has been completed and opens up the former Markham coal field areas to development, linking the town to a new junction (29A) on the M1 motorway, this junction opened in early July 2008. This is part funded by European Union regeneration money. The scheme also reinstates part of the former Chesterfield Canal which crosses the route. There is a long term project to reinstate the canal from Chesterfield to Kiveton where it currently terminates. Sections from Chesterfield to Brimington were reinstated as part of previous stages of the Chesterfield Bypass and opencast schemes on part of the former Staveley Coal and Iron Company site which was part of British Steel following Nationalisation.

As part of the Markham Vale scheme to regenerate the site of the former Markham Colliery site there was a proposal for a "Solar Pyramid" to form the worlds largest sundial.[citation needed] Unfortunately this project has now been cancelled due to lack of funds[citation needed] However on the site near Poolsbrook Country Park, a caravan site for tourists has now been built boosting numbers to the country park. The area has several trails for walkers and mountain bikers along former pit railway lines.

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