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New bridge plan to be discussed

28 July 09 15:21 GMT

A controversial modern footbridge in the centre of Bradford on Avon could be approved at a council meeting later.

The town's council will decide whether to apply for planning permission for the £850,000 structure.

The bridge's modern design has attracted some criticism from people who say it is out of place in the historic community's centre.

It will be made from Cor-Ten, the "rusty-look" steel used in the Angel of the North monument.

The plans of the new suspension bridge, which will provide an alternative to the old road bridge, have been approved by English Heritage.

As well as pedestrians, it will provide a route across the Avon for cyclists.

'Look again'

The town council says it will raise most of the cash necessary for the project, although contributions from Wiltshire County Council and from Linden Homes, the developers of the Kingston Mill site at one end of the bridge, have been promised.

Engineer John Carter is one of a number of opponents of the scheme who will attend the meeting, on Tuesday night at St Margaret's Hall.

"I'm all in favour of a footbridge, but I want to ask the council to look again at the cost and scale of their plans.

"The bridge they favour would detract from the antiquity of the centre of the town and will be more expensive than a simpler structure. I was horrified when I first saw the scale of what was being proposed."

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