New team in charge of Cinder Track

A NEW maintenance scheme for the Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track has been launched.

The initiative was launched with a volunteer event at Hawsker, near Whitby, when volunteers from local community groups Gateway and the Friends of the Old Railway helped clear up an overgrown area of wildflower meadow.

They also cut back invasive plants and removed litter.

A picnic table was also installed, along with new steps and a footpath to improve access to this beautiful part of the track.

The event was organised to mark the start of a dedicated new maintenance team for the track, agreed by Scarborough Council following the development of an action plan through the Cinder Track Improvement Project.

The plan, drawn up by Groundwork North Yorkshire, highlighted the value of the track to the local area and identified many areas in need of improvement, including on-going maintenance. The plan can be viewed on the Groundwork web site – www.groundwork.org.uk/nyorkshire

A maintenance work programme has now been established, which includes a full-time team of three staff who are assisted by volunteers from along the full 21 mile length of the track.

Tom Mutton, local manager for Groundwork North Yorkshire, said: “These new management arrangements and volunteering opportunities offer a promising future for the Cinder Track. Over the last two years we’ve seen the track be greatly improved, and are keen for this to continue.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Sheila Johnson on 01723 369531 or sheila.johnson@scarborough.gov.uk