Resident criticises work to clear overgrown buses on historic railway site near to Shildon

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A RESIDENT has criticised work to clear part of the former Stockton to Darlington Railway line to create a tourist spot.

Fred Wright, of Brusselton, near to Shildon, is angry at work to clear the Brusselton Incline of overgrown brambles, nettles and bushes.

The work, being carried out by the Brusselton Incline Group, has been approved by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and English Heritage.

Mr Wright, 65, said: “It’s criminal vandalism. They’re cutting down everything that is growing. Basically all that was needed was for them to clear a path up the middle.

“Birds and wildlife use that area and this is environmental vandalism.

“They are going to promote the area to get people to visit. We’re private residents and we don’t want bus loads of people coming.

“There’s been no thought and no-one consulted those of us who live up here. There are other people who live near to me who are angry about this.”

Mr Wright is to speak to English Heritage staff at the site tomorrow (Tuesday, April 1) about the issue.

Michael O’Neill, secretary of the Brusselton group, said: “We are only doing what we were told to by the Secretary of State.

“We’re not cutting back too wide an area. We’ll organise a system to look after it so that it does not go back to how it was before.

“We’ve had a survey done regarding bird nests and we didn’t find any. We’re not doing this to upset anyone we’re trying to improve the area.

“I would expect some interest in the area when we have finished and then it will tail off.”

An English Heritage spokesman said: “The work will be completed before the bird nesting season begins to ensure it does not interfere in any way with the local wildlife.

“We gave consent on behalf of the DCMS on March 12, and advised on a work schedule.

“The railway is one of the first in the world. Clearing the site will provide safe access and allow visitors to appreciate the nature of the monument.”

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10:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Mummy to 2 says...

Omg get a grip the place was a disgrace, think the group are doing a fantastic job by uncovering our great heritage keep it up guys.
Omg get a grip the place was a disgrace, think the group are doing a fantastic job by uncovering our great heritage keep it up guys. Mummy to 2
  • Score: 23

11:44pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Alex Tighe says...

This is so bad. A local resident who does not like history?

This is the former Stockton and Darlington railway. The first ever railway in the WORLD! At the end of the day this group has fought a long and hard battle with the govement who have given permission to go ahead. People just think it’s so easy to do this!

Local RESIDENT yes he is the only one I have been and helped out twice we have had the locals coming down and telling us which house we live in and saying they are very happy and are pleased what we are doing. A young lady said she would take her hats off to us. She was over the moon.

Local residents have provided a shed; tools and the area now if local residents were unhappy about this would they do this?

At the end of the day history from almost 200 years go is been bought in the 21st century.

There are millions of trees in Brusselton including over the road where the forest is. Brusselton has a high crime rate for problems would this not help stop crime in the area? The group was set up in order to restore the bridges that have been destroyed as no one could see them! Crime will stop. Local MPs have got involved why has the local resident stepped in once the work has began and people have time off work?

I feel this is a great idea and why is this person not happy? Birds live everywhere. As said in the article a survey was carried out. No birds were found and work was granted.

Litter is also a big problem up there fly tipping will stop? The footpath that was there and was not maintained by the council will now be reopened when these lads finish.

I read an article by Heritage railway magazine the other day the reporter said the north east sits on its crown jowls its correct we were the first ever railway in the world! We should look after this history and restore it to former glory. This is a huge part of history. Manchester and liverpoool say they were the first railway as we doing give a stuff.

THE RAILWAYS WERE BORN IN THE NORTH EAST. We should look after history not destroy it due to birds!
This is so bad. A local resident who does not like history? This is the former Stockton and Darlington railway. The first ever railway in the WORLD! At the end of the day this group has fought a long and hard battle with the govement who have given permission to go ahead. People just think it’s so easy to do this! Local RESIDENT yes he is the only one I have been and helped out twice we have had the locals coming down and telling us which house we live in and saying they are very happy and are pleased what we are doing. A young lady said she would take her hats off to us. She was over the moon. Local residents have provided a shed; tools and the area now if local residents were unhappy about this would they do this? At the end of the day history from almost 200 years go is been bought in the 21st century. There are millions of trees in Brusselton including over the road where the forest is. Brusselton has a high crime rate for problems would this not help stop crime in the area? The group was set up in order to restore the bridges that have been destroyed as no one could see them! Crime will stop. Local MPs have got involved why has the local resident stepped in once the work has began and people have time off work? I feel this is a great idea and why is this person not happy? Birds live everywhere. As said in the article a survey was carried out. No birds were found and work was granted. Litter is also a big problem up there fly tipping will stop? The footpath that was there and was not maintained by the council will now be reopened when these lads finish. I read an article by Heritage railway magazine the other day the reporter said the north east sits on its crown jowls its correct we were the first ever railway in the world! We should look after this history and restore it to former glory. This is a huge part of history. Manchester and liverpoool say they were the first railway as we doing give a stuff. THE RAILWAYS WERE BORN IN THE NORTH EAST. We should look after history not destroy it due to birds! Alex Tighe
  • Score: 17

2:01am Tue 1 Apr 14

RoverP6B says...

There's always one! Restoring the railway and bringing back its maintenance will improve biodiversity, not harm it!
There's always one! Restoring the railway and bringing back its maintenance will improve biodiversity, not harm it! RoverP6B
  • Score: 10

8:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

Ally F says...

There's always one local who is anti anything and everything that is done with the best of intentions. Here was have a classic example of Mr Mean Spirited - always angry with his lot.
There's always one local who is anti anything and everything that is done with the best of intentions. Here was have a classic example of Mr Mean Spirited - always angry with his lot. Ally F
  • Score: 12

10:09am Tue 1 Apr 14

Durhamite1979 says...

I thought this was a story about a bus that had been waiting so long with its engine running it had started sprouting vegetation...
I thought this was a story about a bus that had been waiting so long with its engine running it had started sprouting vegetation... Durhamite1979
  • Score: 10

11:23am Tue 1 Apr 14

Edmondsley says...

Durhamite, I was wondering if they were single or double deckers.
Durhamite, I was wondering if they were single or double deckers. Edmondsley
  • Score: 8

3:56pm Tue 1 Apr 14

worksmurf says...

I'm sure this gentleman feels justified in his emotion.
1 Disrupt the birds - but a survey was conducted and the work is taking place before nesting starts
2. Just needed to cut a path through - and 3 months later it starts growing again. This is a volunteer program supported by the Govt. Does anyone believe it's just a quick clear out without any thought.
3. There was no consultation - Now we are getting closer to the truth. An objector from the start.
4. They going to promote it and bus loads of people will turn-up - I cannot believe a volunteer group will have the funds to market so if it does it will be by a sudo-govt body. Another indication of NIBYSM.
NIMBY - that's it flowered up with weak objections!!

The country is in recession and the North East is suffering more than most. We have the good fortune to be the birthplace of the steam train and this makes so much sense.

Finally my 16 year old son was not out drinking, fighting or partying at the weekend - he was at Brusselton working hard.

O no Mr Wright a teenager breaking all your stereo-typical conventions......

Grow up man and why not help out!! It's happening so why not help your community......
I'm sure this gentleman feels justified in his emotion. 1 Disrupt the birds - but a survey was conducted and the work is taking place before nesting starts 2. Just needed to cut a path through - and 3 months later it starts growing again. This is a volunteer program supported by the Govt. Does anyone believe it's just a quick clear out without any thought. 3. There was no consultation - Now we are getting closer to the truth. An objector from the start. 4. They going to promote it and bus loads of people will turn-up - I cannot believe a volunteer group will have the funds to market so if it does it will be by a sudo-govt body. Another indication of NIBYSM. NIMBY - that's it flowered up with weak objections!! The country is in recession and the North East is suffering more than most. We have the good fortune to be the birthplace of the steam train and this makes so much sense. Finally my 16 year old son was not out drinking, fighting or partying at the weekend - he was at Brusselton working hard. O no Mr Wright a teenager breaking all your stereo-typical conventions...... Grow up man and why not help out!! It's happening so why not help your community...... worksmurf
  • Score: 12

6:13pm Tue 1 Apr 14

just-once says...

I walk that way quite a bit and love it in the autumn for the brambles,but they are doing a fantastic job of tidying it up. Pity they could not of left the trees but at the end of it there will be something that is to be proud of and a lot easier to look after.

I tried going up the steps when I was brambling, got to the top and that was it, you couldn't move.

Everyone is working hard on it, well done.
I walk that way quite a bit and love it in the autumn for the brambles,but they are doing a fantastic job of tidying it up. Pity they could not of left the trees but at the end of it there will be something that is to be proud of and a lot easier to look after. I tried going up the steps when I was brambling, got to the top and that was it, you couldn't move. Everyone is working hard on it, well done. just-once
  • Score: 7

8:20pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Jackaranda says...

I was looking for a Triple Decker!!!
I was looking for a Triple Decker!!! Jackaranda
  • Score: -2

10:26pm Tue 1 Apr 14

AUSTIN OF ENGLAND says...

I read with interest Mr Fred Wright personal views and opinion's of the work that is being carried out at Brusselton incline.
Firstly its a disgrace that this historical important site has been left to decay for decades,
Secondly vandalism is what happened to the nearby Accomadation Bridge which i understand the Brusselton group are in the process of saving.
Thirdly a section of our community has came together young and old with mixed skills, to save a important part of the north east disappearing history.
Iam disgusted at Mr Fred Wrights opinion of these volunteers and i applaud their hard work and foresight in this project.
WRONG SAID FRED!!!!
I read with interest Mr Fred Wright personal views and opinion's of the work that is being carried out at Brusselton incline. Firstly its a disgrace that this historical important site has been left to decay for decades, Secondly vandalism is what happened to the nearby Accomadation Bridge which i understand the Brusselton group are in the process of saving. Thirdly a section of our community has came together young and old with mixed skills, to save a important part of the north east disappearing history. Iam disgusted at Mr Fred Wrights opinion of these volunteers and i applaud their hard work and foresight in this project. WRONG SAID FRED!!!! AUSTIN OF ENGLAND
  • Score: 10

10:24am Wed 2 Apr 14

hgvdriver says...

What a jobsworth get gone you horrible man
What a jobsworth get gone you horrible man hgvdriver
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Wed 2 Apr 14

cholmes005 says...

Moaning bugga! As someone who did something similar on Weardale railway, clearing vegetation my hat goes off to the volunteer's especially younger folk helping out. This is a very historic area which has sadly been forgotton about in recent years. Of course if it became more overgrown and folks gathering there sniffing glue, drugs, drinking booze etc and spraying the bridge with graffiti then this guy would probs still moan. You just can win with some people.
Moaning bugga! As someone who did something similar on Weardale railway, clearing vegetation my hat goes off to the volunteer's especially younger folk helping out. This is a very historic area which has sadly been forgotton about in recent years. Of course if it became more overgrown and folks gathering there sniffing glue, drugs, drinking booze etc and spraying the bridge with graffiti then this guy would probs still moan. You just can win with some people. cholmes005
  • Score: 5

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