Council to restore Stanton Wagon

Stanton Wagon
Stanton Wagon

Ilkeston’s iconic Stanton Wagon will be restored and returned to its home by next month it was revealed this week.

Erewash Borough Council and the Advertiser teamed up to ask your views on the £15,400 restoration plans for the wagon which had fallen into disrepair.

Following our call for your views back in May, we were inindated with letters, tweets, anf facebook comments about the plan – both for and against the scheme.

But despite the mixed response, caused largely because of the level of investment needed to restore the wagon, the council has decided there has been enough support to push ahead with its plans.

A council spokesman said that the feedback had shown how important it is to the community to retain the town’s local heritage and remembering the work that was done at Stanton Ironworks, which was one Ilkeston’s largest employer.

And the authority made moves to assure people opposing the restoration that there will be no additional cost to taxpayers as the scheme will be funded through efficiency savings made at the authority this year.

Cllr Mike Wallis, the council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “I am delighted that the council has decided to restore the Stanton Wagon to its former glory protecting this piece of local history for future generations.

“It is a reminder of our local engineering heritage and we are encouraged that so many local people have supported the restoration.

“We are proud that this landmark will remain an important monument to many local people and families that previously worked at the Stanton Ironworks.”

The wagon was removed from the roundabout at the junction of Chalons Way and Bath Street in February to be assessed by a team of experts.

The restoration, which is being carried out by Rampart Carriage & Wagon Services, will take four to six weeks to complete and the council is hoping to get it back by early August.