REVISED PLANNING APPLICATION
Planning permission for the previous scheme was submitted to the council planners early in 2017. Since then the Trust have done a lot of work to comply with the requirements necessary to have the plans passed. The scheme has been revised based on consultation responses received in that the Environment Agency EA were unable to agree to a cycle route descending from the viaduct, at this time, as they have not yet completed their flood prevention plans for the area. The City Council planners then discussed with CWVT and the EA the options whereby progress could be achieved. The CWVT decided to go ahead with a plan for a stairway for pedestrians linking the north of the viaduct with the existing public footpath (No 109080) along the riverbank (the Cumbria Coastal Way), as per the attached plan(s). The EA have said they will not oppose the new scheme.
This much simpler scheme will enable us to open the viaduct sooner and retain the time limited grant (available until the end of March 2020) from The Railway Heritage Trust of up to 40% of the total cost with a limit of £100,000.
However the landowner owning the embankment at the north end of the viaduct has consistently refused to come to an agreement with the Trust regarding access from the viaduct to the existing public footpath.
Carlisle City Council has passed a formal resolution to prepare and issue a Public Path Creation Order, (PPCO) applying to this piece of land to overcome this problem. Ongoing discussions are being held with the Council concerning the conditions.
THIS PROPOSAL WAS PASSED AT THE PLANNING MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL ON FRIDAY 27 APRIL2018
We will now seek to attract contributions from the public through crowd-funding.
IF YOU SUPPORT US FINANCIALLY NOW then we should have the viaduct opened as a footpath by 2020”.
If you wish to donate now you can do so by clicking on the DONATE NOW button on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/waverleyviaductnew/
or on the front page of our website: http://www.carlislewaverleyviaducttrust.co.uk
Once the viaduct is open as a footpath CWVT directors remain committed to ensuring the crossing is converted into a foot/cycleway as per their original plans.
David Ramshaw (Secretary, Carlisle Waverley Viaduct Trust).