Volunteers plan to restore mill stream in Stamford

Urban group chairman Don Lambert, left, with Welland Rivers Trust member David Sones survey the mill stream 'Photo: SM170811-012ow
Urban group chairman Don Lambert, left, with Welland Rivers Trust member David Sones survey the mill stream 'Photo: SM170811-012ow

VOLUNTEERS are working on plans to restore a historic stream

Members of the Welland Rivers Trust and Stamford Urban Group, which is an off-shoot from Stamford Town Partnership, are hoping to win a Heritage Lottery Grant to improve the mill stream in Stamford.

The stream, which runs between Tinwell Weir and The Meadows, was used to power mills for hundreds of years but parts of it have now fallen into disrepair.

Improvements are needed on the path and some of the banks, which are starting to subside, in the area around the Freeman Meadow.

Now the groups are planning to apply for a lottery grant to add willow revetments to stop the bank erosion and to replace the mud track with a proper pathway. They also hope to add information boards to explain more about the wildlife and the stream.

One of the people behind the project is Dave Sones, of Water Street, Stamford, who estimates that the work would cost between £30,000 and £50,000.

Mr Sones, who is secretary of the urban group and a member of the steering committee for the rivers trust, is hoping to submit an application within the next few weeks.

Mr Sones said: “It is a very unused area and a lot of people don’t know that it is there. The only bit of the mill stream that people know about is the part that runs along the side of Bath Row but it extends up to Tinwell Weir.

“If we can get the work done and the grant we can put down a decent walk that people want to use. It could be a very pleasant walk.”

Some improvement work on the mill stream was carried out last year by volunteers from Cummins Generator Technologies who cleared rubbish from Melancholy Walk.

Fallen trees are blocking the paths and parts of the stream. These trees are hoped to be removed and chipped to be used for the pathway.

The groups are hoping that the revetments, which are willow panels, would stabilise the banks but will also help with plant growth.

l The urban group is waiting to hear from Lincolnshire County Council when it can add two benches and a new light to High Street, Stamford near Marks & Spencer.

This is a £20,000 project, with funding made up of £5,000 from Marks & Spencer along with grants of £5,000 from the Harry Skells Trust, South Kesteven District Council and Stamford Town Partnership. Initially the project was to cost £30,000 but it had to be scaled back after a major grant was lost.