Broxtowe residents invited to have their say on the future of Brinsley Headstocks

07/05/24 - The tandem timber headstock at Brinsley was believed to be one of the last standing examples in the Country.

For Brinsley residents they were also a symbol of the village and a reminder of the once dominant local mining industry. Much of the original timber in structure had been replaced following a series of repairs, although a few pieces remained along with some of the original ironwork.

In Spring 2023, the Headstocks were fenced off from the public after a structural engineer highlighted safety concerns (information was placed around the site to inform residents and users of the nature reserve). In September 2023, the iron winding wheels were removed to lighten loading on the frame, whilst a specialist contractor could be found to shore the timbers and begin a dismantling and cataloguing process. Unfortunately, the condition of the structure further deteriorated posing a significant risk to public safety.

In order to ensure the safety of the public, it was decided to have the Headstocks carefully dismantled, salvaging as many original timbers and the ironwork from the structure as possible.

The Council would now like your thoughts on the future of the Headstocks and surrounding open space, along with some information on whether you use the site and why it is important to you. Working closely with the Friends of Brinsley Headstocks, the results from the consultation will be used in a report to Council Members, helping to inform the approach taken.

You can have your say through the online survey(Opens in a New Window).

Paper copies of the survey are also available at:

  • The Headstocks Tearoom
  • The Durham Ox Public House
  • Brinsley Parish Council Offices

The survey will close on 31 May 2024.

Communications Team