£50k funding will need to flow into Barton Beck project
AROUND £50,000 is needed to breathe new life into Barton Beck, which has fallen into disrepair.
The Barton-Upon-Humber Civic Society's project aims to revive the site on Beck Hill to clear it up, stop it drying up and allow it to function as a body of water.
Work to transform the beck could begin this year if the civic society can secure funding.
John French, a member of the civic society, said: "We want to realise the potential of that area of town and create a peaceful, tranquil area for residents and visitors to enjoy.
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"Cost wise, we are looking in the region of £50,000.
"We have had drawings prepared on behalf of the civic society."
Because of the poor state of the waterway, water is flowing through into the nearby Haven, which is also set to be given a revamp thanks to the efforts of the society.
He said: "A year or two ago, we did get some rubbish out of the beck and vegetation.
"We want to complete that work and remove the remaining soil that was tipped in there.
"We want to excavate the central area and line it out with clay to form a permanent pond.
"It is a spring-fed pond. For a lot of the year, it does dry up.
"But with the winter we have had, it has been overfilling.
"We also want to restore the boundary walls.
"With the permission of North Lincolnshire Council, we want to cut down some shrubs that are obstructing the view of the beck."
Mr French said the state of the beck has been an ongoing issue for the civic society for many years.
He said: "The civic society has been concerned about the appearance of the beck since the group was set up in 1969.
"That was one of the first things we were concerned about."
Now, 44 years after raising concerns, there are hopes the work will soon be done.
Various groups are being considered for funding, although the society has yet to hold formal talks.
Mr French said: "The beck is a feature that has been very important to Barton for many years.
"It is such a prominent and unique feature between two large medieval churches.
"If we can get the funding, we would like to do it this year."