£½m Lot­tery boost for Pock­ling­ton

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TWO LISTED HIS­TORIC bridges are to be re­stored thanks to a £496,000 Heritage Lot­tery Fund grant to East York­shire’s Pock­ling­ton Canal.

The money will fund restora­tion of the brick-built Church Bridge and con­ver­sion of the mod­ern Swing­bridge No 7 at Mel­bourne village to a more tra­di­tional ap­pear­ance. It forms part of a £ 682,585 pack­age of fund­ing also sup­ported by Nat­u­ral England and the Canal & River Trust.

In ad­di­tion to the bridge work, the money will fund dredg­ing and na­ture con­ser­va­tion im­prove­ments to the part-re­stored nine-mile wa­ter­way which is an im­por­tant habi­tat for water plants, birds and in­ver­te­brates.

Wel­com­ing the grant, Alis­tair An­der­son of the Pock­ling­ton Canal Amenity So­ci­ety said the money would greatly im­prove the un­re­stored length be­tween Canal Head and Mel­bourne, and “in­crease the heritage value of the canal”. He added that it would “com­ple­ment the So­ci­ety’s own restora­tion scheme” which is cur­rently work­ing to raise £¼m to re­open the canal from Mel­bourne to Bielby.

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