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City council strikes deal to protect Winchester landmark
4:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
CIVIC chiefs have agreed a deal to protect the long-term future of one of Winchester’s most important landmarks.
The city council will sign a 40-year lease with bicycle charity Sustrans which sees the charity take over maintenance of the Hockley Viaduct.
It follows Sustrans teaming up with the council to on a £500,000 project to repair the Victorian railway structure last year and add it to the National Cycle Network.
Cabinet rubber stamped the lease at a meeting last Wednesday, where Cllr Victoria Weston, portfolio holder for built environment, said it was a great deal for the council.
She said: “The lease is 40 years long at £1 per annum which is great value for the council. Sustrans will inspect the structure and maintain it in a good condition for the period of the lease. They will be excellent custodians of the viaduct.”
The council will pay Sustrans £120,000 as a contribution towards the long-term maintenance of the structure but Cllr Weston confirmed there was a payback clause in case of a major fault that cannot be repaired.
The viaduct was officially made part of the cycle network in February and was opened by Hampshire-based Olympic gold-medallist Dani King.
The brick and concrete structure is more than 600 metres long and has 33 arches.
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