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City bridge faces wrecker's ball
A city council is considering ripping down a disused bridge that was once considered an industrial monument.

Demolition of the disused Bowstring Bridge across Western Boulevard in Leicester is supported in a report to Leicester City Council.

The proposed demolition of the bridge comes in the wake of unsuccessful efforts to have it preserved.

The bridge has been the target of vandals over the past few years, a recent council report said.

Restoration option

The Great Central Way cycle and footpath route over the bridge was redirected to ground level following a recommendation in 1997 that the bridge should be demolished.

The Secretary of State rejected an application to list the bridge as a monument to Leicester's industrial heritage in 2002.

In March this year, the cabinet approved the authority's three-year capital programme including an amount for the bridge demolition.

Options included strengthening the bridge to ensure its continued safety, or full restoration to its original load-bearing capacity at a cost of 2.5m.

The bridge was built in the late 1890s.

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