Our plan to bring Bennerley Viaduct back into use as a walking and cycling trail has received another boost - this time from three Erewash Borough Councillors.
Local Councillors James Dawson, Glennice Birkin and Danny Treacy have each donated £200 to the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct from their community grant funds.
The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are a diverse group of people from the Erewash Valley and beyond who actively support our project.
Over the last two years the Friends have engaged with a range of volunteer tasks including; organising events, promoting the project, removing ballast from the deck of the viaduct, opening up the underside of the viaduct and helping with the designs of the proposed cycling and walking trail.
“ The project to reopen the viaduct as a cycle and walkway will greatly benefit the lives of local people and help revitalisethe area. ”
We’re working hard to secure funding so that we can restore the structure and create a new walking and cycle route straddling the Erewash valley and this support takes us a step closer.
Councillor James Dawson said:
“We are pleased to be giving this grant to the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. The Friends are a vital part of preserving what is both a historic landmark and part of our railway heritage. The project to re-open the viaduct as a cycle and walkway will greatly benefit the lives of local people and help revitalise the area. The money from the grant will help support Sustrans and the friends in their community work parties enabling more people to be involved.”
Friends of Bennerley Viaduct spokesman James Teader from Ilkeston said:
“This generous donation gives the campaign to reopen the viaduct a real boost. We will be using this funding to assist with the workday volunteer programme which enables local people to get actively involved with the project.”
Our Community Engagement Officer, Kieran Lee, added:
“This support is hugely appreciated. The donation will enable vital work to take place and it will provide opportunities for local people to volunteer and make a real difference in their community.
"Local people are rightly proud of their industrial heritage and this viaduct is of national importance. Bringing it back into use will celebrate that heritage and it will contribute to the regeneration of the area”.