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By Tristan Harris Thursday 16 May 2013 Updated: 17/05 16:04
THE LONG-AWAITED new footbridge at Bromsgrove bus station was installed yesterday (Wednesday).
It comes four months after we exclusively revealed that the walkway, removed in November because of safety fears, might not have been replaced.
We were contacted by St John's councillor Rory Shannon about the issue after he received complaints from residents wondering why nothing had been done.
He contacted the council and was told, although a suitable replacement scheme had been drawn up, the authority was considering whether it was worth replacing, as there was another bridge nearby and there had not been much public comment.
But, after we highlighted the issue, Coun Shannon had a fantastic response from residents and the authority announced it would replace the bridge.
Coun Shannon said: "It's excellent to see the bridge back in the town, ready for the people of Bromsgrove to use.
"It's a vital and historic link that has been reinstalled.
"It just shows how, when public pressure is applied, the local authority will listen.
"I urge more people to get involved in local campaigns."
The new bridge and its installation has cost £9,000. It was due to open to the public today (Thursday).
Coun Mike Webb, whose portfolio covers leisure, said: “Like councils everywhere we are feeling the pinch from the economic climate and have to consider carefully where we invest our customers’ taxes.
“But we listened to our residents and the bridge is an important landmark so agreed to install a new one for everyone to enjoy.”
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