Views sought on bridge design

Date: Friday 3rd November 2017

RESIDENTS are being asked their views on a draft design for the new river crossing at Pooley Bridge at a public meeting next week.

It will be held at Parkin Memorial Hall, next to St. Paul’s Church, in the village on Wednesday from 6.30pm.

Images of the draft bridge design concept will be released publicly following the meeting.

Residents will hear feedback from the most recent consultation phase on three designs — a suspension bridge, a solid arched bridge, or a solid arched bridge with open spandrels.

In addition the project team will explain how they have considered that feedback to arrive at the new draft design.

The draft design aims to reflect the public feedback received through the consultation carried out over several months, while still meeting the design constraints agreed at the start of the process.

Keith Little, the cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This project has generated a lot of public feedback and real diversity of views and opinions.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in this new draft design concept that we’ve arrived at.

"With a project of this nature it’s really difficult to please everyone, but I think the design fits the brief that was set and would meet the needs of the community and the village. I'm very keen to hear people's feedback.”

Following the meeting the council intends to further refine the design, with the aim of allowing contractors to be appointed and delivery of a new bridge next year.

The project will continue to engage with the community through bi-monthly drop in sessions, through social media and via the notice boards in and around the village.