£½m Lottery boost for Pocklington
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.