Wednesday, 28 December 2011

News - £50,000 for castle repairs (Newark)

A £50,000 grant has been given to Newark and Sherwood District Council to help pay for urgent restoration work to Newark Castle.
The grant was made by Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) through a Heritage Fund launched in 2010.

It will be used to help pay for the first phase of work to fence off parts of the gardens where there are concerns about falling masonry.

A survey, by Cliveden Conservation, found that sections of the castle walls, dating to the 12th Century, need urgent repairs and restoration.

The survey also found that the castle will need long-term repair work costing more than £1/2m over the next five years.

The work is being done with the support of English Heritage and heritage groups in Newark, including the Friends of Newark Castle and Gardens.

The district council cabinet member responsible for the castle, Mrs Nora Armstrong, said the grant would be matched by the council to enable the essential work to go ahead.

She said: “The project shows that the council is committed to protecting and enhancing Newark Castle and is providing value for money by bringing in partnership funding.”

Louise Brennan, Nottinghamshire team leader at English Heritage, said: “Newark Castle is an important landmark and one that is on our Heritage at Risk register.

“We hope the funding from the dedicated Heritage Fund will help to complete further repairs at the castle and move it towards coming off the register.”

Extensive work to restore the castle was carried out between 1979 and 1994 by the council at a cost of more than £1m.


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