Efforts continue to reinstate footbridge at Newbold Comyn in Leamington - The Leamington Observer

Efforts continue to reinstate footbridge at Newbold Comyn in Leamington

Leamington Editorial 6th Oct, 2023   0

COUNCIL chiefs are continuing their efforts to fix the footbridge to Newbold Comyn.

The footbridge on Radford Road provides pedestrian access to the country park in Leamington but had to be closed in August on safety grounds.

Warwick District Council has been working ever since to try and reinstate the bridge.

But while initial assessments suggested temporary repairs could be made to the current footbridge, further investigations have concluded a different approach is needed.

WDC has now had meetings with specialist companies regarding a permanent replacement bridge. At the same time the advice of the Environment Agency is being sought to determine whether a temporary pontoon bridge can be installed over the winter period, as this will require special permission due to the nature reserve location and concerns over the effect a new structure may have on the river flow.

WDC spokesperson Coun Will Roberts said: “I completely understand the inconvenience that the closure of this bridge is causing and further frustration with the news that an immediate solution is not available to us.

“We will now progress with the removal of the current bridge and will work hard to seek both a short and long term replacement that best meets our needs in terms of safety and responsibility to the natural environment of this location.”

Pedestrians are advised to continue to use the alternative entrances to Newbold Comyn from the Willes Road or Newbold Terrace East.


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