Lock gates open for restoration

Lock-keeper Steve Bampton looks out as work gets under way on the latest part of the multi-million pound redevelopment of Beverley Beck.

A scheme to regenerate the medieval waterway and the land around it started 18 months ago and now the lock gates and pumping station are being restored at a cost of more than 250,000. Work already completed includes the removal of contaminated silt, reinforcement of the beck's leaking banks and the laying of cycle paths and walkways.

Minster and Woodmansey ward councillor Laurie Cross said: "The whole area was a rundown part of the former industrial centre of Beverley and has needed renewing since the 1970s. There is still a

long way to go but we are already seeing more

visitors and the wildlife is returning."

Picture: Terry Carrott.