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Last Updated: Friday, 7 March 2008, 14:01 GMT
Town referendum on bridge plans
Stratford bridge design winner
The new bridge was chosen from five designs in a competition
Residents of Stratford will be asked to vote on a controversial plan to build a new footbridge over the Avon.

The bridge was approved by Warwickshire County Council despite strong objections 15 months ago but the local council has maintained its opposition.

A public meeting at Stratford Town Hall on Thursday heard district councillors announce a referendum on the 2m bridge, to be built behind the theatre.

The poll is due to take place between 28 March and 14 April.

The bridge - hailed as "the thinnest arch bridge in the world" - would be for the use of pedestrians and cyclists and has been designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and Schlaich Begerman & Partner.

Some 56% of townspeople who responded to a questionnaire in 2006 said they did not want the new bridge.

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