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Date set for demolition of bridge

Bowstring bridge
An application to have the bridge listed is being considered.

A date has been set for the demolition of a landmark bridge in Leicester, despite a campaign to save it.

The Bowstring Bridge, on a redundant rail line near Braunstone Gate, is on the site of a £6m sports complex planned by DeMonfort University.

But calls have been made to save the structure, with a protest being held outside the town hall.

Now the city council has pencilled in a 21 September date for the start of the £500,000 demolition project.

Leicester Civic Society has filed an application to have the bridge listed, which would halt the demolition.

This is now being considered by English Heritage whose supporters claim the bridge is an important part of the city's heritage and character.

But the city council said it has no practical use, would be expensive to maintain and stands in the way of a facility which would be open to the public.

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