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Almost 1,500 vote against Bradford-on-Avon bridge plan

23 April 10 06:57 GMT

The majority of people who voted in a poll over plans to build a town centre bridge in Bradford-on-Avon say they want the project put on hold.

In a poll of almost 2,000 people, 1,356 sided with the Bradford Bridge Concern group which opposes the plan for the Wiltshire town. And 561 were in favour.

The £850,000 bridge, which will provide an alternative to the 15th Century road bridge, has already been approved.

The town council does not have to act on the result of the poll.

The poll which took place on Thursday asked the question: "Should the town council's footbridge, estimated at £850,000, be put on hold until local people have been presented with an acceptable design that does not impose an unacceptable financial burden on the town?"

Opponents said the look of the modern suspension bridge was not in keeping with the historic town.

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

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