REPAIRS to Ferry Bridge are set to begin next month with further restoration work costing thousands of pounds set to span over three years.
Staffordshire County Council is planning a complete refurbishment of the bridge, stripping it down to the iron work, replacing parts and restoring it to its former glory.
Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Julian Mott, met with an engineer from the county council this week to discuss how the plans were going.
Councillor Mott said that a large sum of money would be spent on the bridge over two financial years - from 2015-2016 and 2016 to 2017.
He said: “When work is carried out to the pillars a full inspection of the bridge will take place. This will enable the engineers to know the condition of the bridge particularly the lattice panels at the top of the towers. It is hoped that the work on the bridge will begin in 2015-16 and be completed in 2016-17, but this will depend on the funding being available.
“By the summer the county council will have spent £160,000 on the bridge since 2010.”
Work is due to start on the bridge pillars next month and the total cost of repairs over three years could reach up to £1 million.
Councillor Mott added: “It is clear that a lot of money will have to be spent on the bridge to bring up to standard. A lot of structural work is needed but like us the county council want to make it a bridge to be proud of.
“We need the bridge to be the number one priority for the council. The Friends of Ferry Bridge group has 400 members on Facebook which shows what a huge concern it is in the town.”
The county council want to set up a working group to monitor progress on the bridge including representatives from Staffordshire County Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council and organisations such as English Heritage and Burton Civic Society.
At the meeting copies of plans of the bridge from 1887 were shown.