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Pledge to speed bridge plans up

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Ferry Bridge

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A GROUP that formed to safeguard the future of Ferry Bridge in Stapenhill say they will ‘keep the pressure on’ until work is carried out on the 125-year-old structure.

The Friends of Ferry Bridge group want work to be carried out to the footbridge, which has visible signs of rust, sooner rather than later.

At a site meeting yesterday, the second to take place in a week, members of the group met at the bridge to put ideas forward to Councillor Julian Mott, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council.

He wrote down people’s suggestions on factors such as what colour to paint it. It will be ultimately down to English Heritage to decide on such factors as the bridge is grade two listed.

Councillor Mott said: “Staffordshire County Council have said that while they are doing the work to the pillars they will also do the iron work and a survey of the bridge.”

Kim Macbeth from the group, who lives in Stapenhill and has always used the bridge said: “We have all decided between is that the pressure is going to remain strong and that the pressure needs to be kept on.

“We are really enthusiastic about what the council has said but won’t believe it until we see it and people can be assured that something is going to be done.

She added: “The bridge was always part of my life growing up, I’m very fond of it.”

An online petition has also been started calling for the bridge to be restored to its former glory.

Started by Kate Savage, it claims that the council is intentionally letting the bridge fall into disrepair.

However, the county council confirmed that work costing £50,000 to the bridge’s pillars will take place this summer following a delay.

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