Tram group meets new brewery owner

MDB090316b1'old railway building: Old station building found at Kimberley brewery site.
MDB090316b1'old railway building: Old station building found at Kimberley brewery site.

A GROUP of people campaigning for the tram to come to Kimberley met with the owner of the town’s brewery site to ask him what he thought to their plans.

Andy Cooper, chairman of Kimberley, Eastwood and Nuthall Tram Action Group (KENTAG), met with brewery site owner Rafiq Vindhani to talk through his plans to get the tram to the town.

Mr Cooper said: “He thinks it’s a great idea. He said if he had the money he would do it himself.

“He thinks it would be beneficial and it would tidy things up.”

Mr Cooper has been campaigning to bring the tram to town re-using old railway lines and the old station at the brewery site for the last couple of years.

Mr Vindhani, who bought the brewery in December, plans to rent the buildings out to businesses for office use.

Mr Cooper said it would be ideal for workers at the site being able to get the tram home.

“If people have got easy access to Nottingham on their doorsteps it would be great,” he said.

Mr Cooper now plans to hold a public meeting later this month to update people on what Mr Vindhani said.

If KENTAG was successful in its campaign, the Eastwood and Kimberley tram would extend from Phoenix Park and would not arrive for another 15 years.

Email Mr Vindhani at rafiq@amfaah-investments.co.uk if you are interested in renting any of the brewery buildings.