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By Tristan Harris Friday 11 January 2013 Updated: 11/01 09:41
A FOOTBRIDGE which takes shoppers over the Spadesbourne Brook at Bromsgrove Bus Station may not be replaced, The Standard can reveal.
We were contacted by St John’s councillor Rory Shannon who has received complaints from residents wondering why nothing had been done since Bromsgrove District Council closed the bridge at the start of November due to safety concerns.
He was told a suitable replacement scheme had been drawn up, but, because there had not been much public comment directly to the authority and because there was another bridge nearby, bosses were considering whether it was worth the extra expense from the council budget.
Coun Shannon has now urged residents to get in touch with him so he can take their views to the council.
“I can’t believe this is the council’s response - have residents got to complain to get anything done in the town?
“A lot of people have contacted me to ask what was being done because it was a very well-used bridge.”
He said, without the bridge, there was a lot of pedestrian congestion, especially around the last, and most busiest, bus stop where the 144 and 143 left from.
He added some residents, particularly parents with pushchairs and people in wheelchairs and on mobility scooters, struggled in the crowds and the bridge took some of the pressure off.
Bromsgrove District Council’s head of leisure and cultural services John Godwin said a number of options were being prepared for members to consider and, at this stage, nothing was being ruled in or out.
“Rebuilding the bridge clearly has cost implications and there is a second bridge less than 20metres, away providing access to the town centre.
“Furthermore members must consider the council’s overall budget position for the year ahead.
“We have had very few public comments since the old bridge was closed, so if this is an important issue for you please contact your local ward member who will represent your views.”
Bromsgrove District Councillor Michael Webb, responsible for environmental services, said: “The budget situation is challenging, to say the least, and so I expect to see what we would gain from a replacement bridge laid out clearly.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the proposals they come up with.”
To contact Coun Shannon about the issue, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org, write to him at 114 Scaife Road, Bromsgrove. B60 3SB or drop your letters off at our office, 44 High Street, Bromsgrove.
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