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New designs submitted for bridge

River Frome: photo by Andrew Bryant
The bridge is expected to be built in 2010. Picture: Andrew Bryant

People in a Somerset town are to be asked to say which of four designs for a new bridge over the River Frome they prefer.

The most popular design will replace the Bailey Bridge in the town centre.

The new £200,000 bridge will be paid for by British Telecom and the town and district councils.

People will be asked to vote for their favourite design at a public meeting on Tuesday. The district council will decide the final bridge design.

They will be able to fill in a short questionnaire expressing their views on each of the bridge designs, which include steel and concrete beam bridges, a cable stayed (suspension-type) bridge and an A-frame (suspension-type) bridge.

Building work is expected to begin in February or March next year.

"The bridge has been a talking point at community partnership meetings, and now those discussions are coming to fruition when residents have their chance to choose a new bridge design," said district councillor Clare Hudson.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the people of Frome to have their say on this important feature in the town."



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