PRACTICALITIES OF BUILDING AN ERUV
Apart from the financial considerations, creating an Eruv involves specialist Rabbinic knowledge, legal opinion, Council assistance, and even environmental considerations.
Part of the reason that this project has taken so long is because theoretically the Eruv should be a wall. It would of course be impossible to build a wall around our community, nor would we want to.
However, a wall can be a wall even if it has many doorways creating large open spaces. This means that a wall does not have to be solid. Therefore, the Eruv enclosure may be created by rows of houses or fences enclosing railway lines. Added to that, there may be existing natural boundaries and fences. This means that significantco-operation and liaison with local authorities and home owners, the council Highway Authority and railway companies is necessary to, for example, install a pole where necessary to become part of the Eruv boundary, and this takes time. Not only is planning permission always required but formal licences required from some of these entities as they own the land on which our poles stand. We have also had to enclose allotments and for this we have made some good friends throughout the local neighbourhood.