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Last Updated: Monday, 3 December 2007, 16:15 GMT
Old footbridge to be demolished
An old river footbridge in West Lothian is to be demolished after some people continued to use it despite warnings.

Work on the removal of the City Farm footbridge over the Breich Water is due to begin on Wednesday.

The river crossing is part of a public footpath link between Easter Breich and West Calder, which has been closed since June 2005 due to defects.

Signs are in place warning about the weakness of the bridge and diversion routes have been provided.

Despite this, some members of the public have continued using the bridge.

Demolition work will involve the complete removal of the existing steel structure and erection of safety fencing. Information signs will also be erected.

Minimise damage

A replacement footbridge is set to be installed in late summer/early autumn 2008.

Officials said it is not possible to provide a replacement immediately due to timing of grant funding and restrictions on site access.

The new footbridge will be part-funded by a grant from Scottish Natural Heritage which will not be in place until the next financial year.

Discussions with farmers have established that the best time to gain access through fields to minimise crop damage is the end of August.

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