Drone fly-over at Clipstone Colliery will determine site's future

Clipstone colliery
Clipstone colliery

A drone, which will be equipped with a camera, is set to fly over Clipstone Colliery this week as part of a survey to assess the pit’s iconic headstocks.

The Clipstone Colliery Regeneration Group has commissioned Manchester-based Kestrel-Cam to fly one of its drones over the derelict winding towers after securing

funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.

The footage will be used as part of a structural review of the Grade II-listed headstocks,which Historic England says were the tallest structures of their type in Europe at the time

they were built in the 1950s.

Clipstone Colliery closed in 2003 after 80 years of operation in the Nottinghamshire village.

The full review will look to assess repair costs and explore options and feasibility studies for the regeneration of the pit-top area.

Louise Brennan, Historic England Planning Director in the East Midlands said: “Historic England is pleased to provide a grant to the Clipstone Colliery Regeneration Group for the

drone-based survey of the headstocks. With this technology we will be able to take a closer look at this impressive grade II listed structure, which is vital to understand its condition and

to inform future plans. We welcome CCRG’s work and the backing they have received from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore creative new uses and a role for the headstocks in the wider regeneration of Clipstone.”

Jonathan Platt of Heritage Lottery Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery Players, I am pleased that we have been able to support this important piece of work which will help to determine the future of the headstocks at Clipstone.”

Rachel Staley Chair of CCRG, which is driving a ‘Save Clipstone Colliery Headstocks’ campaign, said: “I’d like to thank all of our supporters as we move forward to the next exciting phase of our campaign.”

“I’d also like to thank all those people who play the lottery and therefore help fund worthwhile projects like ours around the country.”