Heritage trail to help trade in Kimberley

NEAABE120502a3, Funding for Kimberley heritage trail. Cllr Ken Rigny and cllr Roy Plumb a local historian.
NEAABE120502a3, Funding for Kimberley heritage trail. Cllr Ken Rigny and cllr Roy Plumb a local historian.

A HERITAGE trail is being created in Kimberley in a bid to increase footfall and trade in the town.

The £40,000 project will pay for ten trails from the town centre to sites of historical interest where there will be boards up detailing the history of each place.

Cllr Rigby, who instigated the project, said: “The idea was to try and generate more footfall through the town and give businesses some much needed money.

“Both Eastwood and Kimberley had suffered a lot from the Giltbrook Retail Park and people are telling me they are struggling to make a living.”

The councillor said he was inspired by a group of hikers he saw walking through Kimberley.

“They had obviously decided to walk the paths of Kimberley and I thought if we could attract more people in the town, getting them to look at these historical sites we might increase the footfall in the town.”

The £3m pot of Government money that Cllr Rigby applied through was oversubscibed by £7m.

But the councillor said his bid fought off the competition because there was such rich history and heritage in the town.

“I think it’s an exciting heritage scheme.

“Kimberley has got a worth of heritage and it will enlighten both local people and visitors.”

Cllr Rigby said there were 64 potential sites for the trail which had to be whittled down to ten. But he said he felt sure that the train station building at the Sidings would form part of the trail, as would the refurbished bridge at the Kimberley Brewery.