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Council leader takes on Ferry Bridge campaign

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

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PEOPLE who want to protect the future of an historic bridge in Burton are being urged to meet at the site on Friday.

The Ferry Bridge in Stapenhill has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years, leading to the formation of a group which is rallying authorities to carry out work on the 125-year-old bridge.

Now, East Staffordshire Borough Council leader Julian Mott has used social networking site Facebook to call a site visit for anyone concerned about the state of the footbridge.

Councillor Mott has urged those interested to meet at the Ferry Bridge at 6pm on Friday.

He said: “I fully support the aims of the Facebook group and its concerns over the state of the bridge. It is a Burton icon, combining Burton’s brewing heritage and the River Trent.

“It is a listed building, yet its condition leaves a lot to be desired.

“The idea of the site visit is to record comments and to take photos to put pressure on the county council to improve the condition of the bridge.”

Councillor Mott has also used Facebook to ask for ideas on how to celebrate the bridge’s 125th birthday this year.

The bridge is owned by Staffordshire County Council.

Last September £50,000 was spent on repairs to the bridge, but this was to restore pillars under the water.

The friends group has been told by the county council that its structures department plans to carry out some repair work to the piers of the structure next year, and will investigate further work, depending on funding.

Several site visits have already taken place, involving English Heritage and members of Burton Civic Society.

The Friends of Ferry Bridge group has grown to more than 100 members since it was formed earlier this month.

The county council had failed to comment on further details of the work on the bridge at the time the Mail went to press.

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