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Deal to protect Hockley Viaduct's future
CIVIC chiefs have agreed a deal to protect the long-term future of a Hampshire landmark.
Winchester City Council will sign a 40- year lease with bicycle charity Sustrans which sees the charity take over maintenance of the Hockley Viaduct.
It comes after Sustrans teamed up with the council for a £500,000 project to repair the Victorian railway structure last year and add it to the National Cycle Network.
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 has 33 arches and is over 600 metres long.
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