Viaduct’s spring clean

The cleaning of the Spenborough viaduct and the cutting back of the overgrown bushes. Michael Ramsden, Simon Pedley, Max Rathmell and Liz Lake get to work. (d23051191)
The cleaning of the Spenborough viaduct and the cutting back of the overgrown bushes. Michael Ramsden, Simon Pedley, Max Rathmell and Liz Lake get to work. (d23051191)
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THE latest phase in a project to spruce up Spen’s Victorian viaduct took place last weekend with volunteers involved in the clean up.

Volunteers attached to the newly formed Spen Valley Action Group descended on the banks of the River Spen around the viaduct to clean up vegetation, graffiti and litter.

The cleaning of the Spenborough viaduct and the cutting back of the overgrown bushes. Max Rathmell gets to work. (d23051196)

The cleaning of the Spenborough viaduct and the cutting back of the overgrown bushes. Max Rathmell gets to work. (d23051196)

The spring clean comes almost a year after the Spen Valley Area Committee (now the Town and Valley Committee) pledged nearly £10,000 to clean up the green space around the Spen Bottoms and Beck.

The team, led by Kirklees Council’s Simon Pedley, filled five one-tonne bags with vegetation and three bagfuls of litter from around the viaduct.

“We’ve now seen what we need to do and we will go back with another group later on in the summer to do more work,” Mr Pedley said.

“As a result of the work, we picked up on repairs that need to be done. There’s a small hole in the brick work that the council’s Streetscene will be repairing.

“We want to make the area accessible and well maintained for local people to use.

“We want to encourage people to use the area to go on walks because there are some great views of the valley from the top of the viaduct.”

The next phase will be getting an action plan together, with further work planned between the council and local folk.