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Bridge fails in listed status bid

Bowstring bridge
The bridge will undergo a final wildlife inspection before demolition

The fate of a Leicester landmark looks to have been sealed after it was turned down for listed status.

The derelict Bowstring Bridge, which once carried trains through the city, is set to be demolished to make way for a new sports complex.

Campaigners hoping to save the bridge had applied for it to be listed which would have given legal protection because of its historical importance.

But English Heritage said the structure did not meet this criteria.

The city council has agreed to pay for the bridge's removal and sale of the land to De Montfort University in return for public access to the planned £6m sports centre.

It has provisionally set a date of 21 September for the start of the demolition project.

English Heritage admitted the bridge was a significant part of the city's landscape but seen from a national perspective it was not old enough or sufficiently innovative to justify its preservation.

A final check will be made to ensure no protected wildlife such as species of bat or lizard have made their homes in the bridge.

Leicester Civic Society said they would continue to look for options to save the bridge and the nearby Pump and Tap pub.

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