Time to bring back the Lye clock
A popular clock will be keeping time again in Lye High Street later this year after a successful £14,000 funding bid.
The clock will be installed near the junction with Pedmore Road over the winter.
It has been in storage for the past five years after it was removed from the High Street in 2014 to make way for a retail development.
A campaign was launched to bring it back to the High Street, and a funding bid was submitted to Ibstock Enovert Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund, for £14,400 to help get the clock restored and put back on public view.
The council has now secured the funding and the clock will be installed outside 1-2 High Street. The latest funding adds to the £5,000 already secured by Caledonia Residents Association, which was instrumental in kick-starting the campaign to reinstate the clock.
Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:
“The local people of Lye have been asking for the clock to be put into the High Street for some time and I am glad the council has been able to secure some money to be able to do that.
The clock reflects the industry and history of this important area and I am very much looking forward to seeing it back in the centre of the town.”
Angela Haymonds, Ibstock Enovert Trust Secretary added:
“The Trustees are keen to support projects that preserve and enhance the heritage of the areas in which it operates.
As well as providing a practical function, this clock celebrates Lye’s rich industrial history and IET is pleased to be able to contribute towards its reinstatement.”
The four-metre tall clock was designed in the 1980s by borough artist Steve Field. It was designed to represent the local area including featuring ‘frost cogs’, which was a Lye invention in the industrial revolution to help prevent horses slipping on winter ice. Its base also features hexagonal forged ingots which were made in the town.
The four-face clock is currently being restored with new clock faces and workings.