World Monument Fund visit Viaduct

Left to Right: Ben Daykin, Sarah Meaker, John Darlington, Paul Miller, Bill Tomson

John Darlington, the Chief Executive of the World Monuments Fund (Britain) and Sarah Meaker WMF Outreach Manager visit Bennerley following an application by the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct (FoBV) for the structure to be considered as a World Monument Watch 2020 site. The 2020 World Monuments Watch will include 25 sites from around the world in need of urgent action, each site telling a local story that carries global significance. Through the Watch, World Monuments Fund will partner with local stakeholders to design and implement targeted activities—including advocacy, planning, education, and conservation interventions in the historic built environment. Paul Miller, Ben Daykin and Kieran Lee from the FoBV showed the guests around the structure and Bill Tomson from Railway Paths Ltd, explained details of the current planning application to reopen the viaduct.

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Viaduct set to reopen for the first time in 50 years

Plans to restore the viaduct and bring it back into use as a walking and cycling trail moved a giant step forwards with the submission of planning applications to Broxtowe and Erewash Borough Councils. Full details of the planning application can be found on both the Broxtowe and Erewash Planning websites.

Erewash Reference Number: ERE/419/0062 and ERE/419/0061

Broxtowe Reference Number 19/00093/FUL and 19/00094/LBC

Planning Application Submitted to reopen Viaduct

Image by Paul Atherley

A planning application to restore and reopen Bennerley Viaduct has been submitted to Broxtowe and Erewash Borough Councils. The plans include carrying out critical repairs to the structure and creating access on and underneath the viaduct. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct extend thanks and appreciation to the owners, Railway Paths Ltd and to the local and wider community for the incredible support given to the project. Details of the application can be found here (See Planning Application)

Links to an article in the Nottingham Evening Post is also attached. See article

Full Steam Ahead

Its all systems go for the Viaduct. Nearly £0.5m has been secured, a planning application has been submitted and if the remaining funds are secured, we are looking for work to start later this year. Our thanks go to Bill Tomson at RPL who has done a phenomenal job putting bids together for funders and putting the planning application together.

Annual General Meeting Monday April 15th 7:00pm

What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, we did not know if we had a project. A year on, nearly £0.5m has been secured, a planning application has been submitted and the Friends group are acquiring charitable status. Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, April 15th 2019 at The Gate Inn, Awsworth at 7:00 pm.

The meeting will take place in two halves. The first part will be the AGM where the formal proceedings will take place. Chairmans report, Treasurers Report, election of Officers etc.

The second part of the meeting will be less formal and include an update on events, questions and answers, opportunities for members to become involved, ideas and suggestions re ways forward.

Only members of the FoBV will be eligible to vote on any motion or proposal however, whether you are a member or not, you will be welcome at the meeting.

Volunteer Workday Saturday March 30th

Our next work party will take place on Saturday, March 30th 2019 between 10:00 am and 3:00pm. We will be working under the middle spans of the viaduct. These spans are heavily overgrown with hawthorn, bramble and other scrub species. We need to prepare these spans to promote biodiversity and to create the new footpath under the viaduct.

The scrub clearing tasks will include:

  • Lopping,
  • Hawthorn removal,
  • Scrub removal,
  • Tree pruning and cutting back.
  • The creation of some habitat piles.
  • Removing roots.
  • Cutting back bracken.

We will bring tools and protective gloves but if you have your own, please bring them.

If you arrive during the morning or afternoon, we will be working under the central spans so you will have to find us. Come for as long or as short as you can manage, it will be good to see you. The difference we are making under the viaduct is simply inspirational

The barrier on Newtons Lane will be open from 9:30 onwards so you can bring your car up to the viaduct.  See Map   Come for an hour, a morning or for the day. All welcome.