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New bridge plans given approval

29 July 09 10:38 GMT

A modern footbridge is likely to be built in the centre of Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire after the town council gave its backing to the plans.

The authority will apply for planning permission for the £850,000 structure which has been criticised for being out of keeping with the historic town.

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

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

"The old town bridge, lovely as it is, it's a nightmare for people to cross if they've got pushchairs, toddlers in tow, if they're elderly, with bags… two people can't cross, somebody always has to step out into the traffic," said councillor Vicky Landell Mills.

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

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.

"I think it's absolutely essential for the health and well-being of the town to have this bridge," said councillor Landell Mills.

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