Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Flood-damaged footbridge ‘will be fixed’ say councils

The footbridge into the Byes from Lawn Vista in Sidmouth, which was damaged by last November's flooding.

The footbridge into the Byes from Lawn Vista in Sidmouth, which was damaged by last November's flooding.

Archant

The district and county councils have sought to reassure concerned Sidmouth residents a footbridge damaged in November’s floods will be repaired.

The cut-through into the Byes via Lawn Vista has been closed since extreme weather led to the River Sid destroying the timber handrails and damaging the surface.

Nearby residents have said it would be a ‘tragic’ loss if the footbridge is not reopened, but there was confusion over which council was responsible for the repairs.

However both East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Devon County Council (DCC) have said the work will take place ‘at the earliest opportunity’.

A spokesman for EDDC said: “An inspection of the bridge has revealed that it should be possible to repair it by replacing handrails and re-surfacing with tarmac.

“We will shortly be consulting a contractor with a view to carrying out this work as soon as possible.”

Lynn Rutherford, who lives in Lawn Vista, said the footbridge is popular with schoolchildren and walkers, adding she was upset to hear there may not be funding to fix it.

But Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for Highways and Sidmouth representative, said the bridge section at County Hall have made arrangements for the work to be added to the storm damage repair schedule.

“There is certainly no suggestion that the bridge will remain closed,” he added.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 09:30

Crime in Sidmouth occurred at a rate of just over one incident a day last year. The officers also get called out to car crashes and other incidents that don’t become criminal offences. But what do they do the rest of the time? Sidmouth Magazine spent a day at the station to find out.

Read more
Fri, 19:00

An Ottery group has asked East Devon candidates to support refugees if they were elected in next month’s General Election.

Read more
Fri, 15:30

With 31 Go Ape adventures nationwide, there are plenty of venues to enjoy new challenges.

Read more
Fri, 15:08

A Sidmouth woman has thanked generous donors who have helped to raise £1,000 for charity by buying her booklet of poems and illustrations.

Read more
Fri, 14:38

Nature lovers have been invited to explore some of Sidmouth’s most beautiful trees before attending an aptly-themed concert.

Read more
Fri, 14:35

YOUNGSTERS with a love of cars have been promised a wheely good time at a vehicles and hot air event.

Read more
Fri, 14:13

Residents are being urged to help keep A&E free for emergencies over the bank holiday.

Read more
Fri, 12:25

A stuffed mammoth, a life-sized My Little Pony and a fake horse’s head - a self-storage provider surveyed its customers to find out the weird and wonderful items that have been left behind on its premises over the years.

Read more
Fri, 12:00

Sidmouth College has defended sending a letter to parents about the ‘severe threat’ to school funding ahead of the General Election, after a pupil claimed it was ‘politicising education’.

Read more
Fri, 06:46

Residents are being urged to speak out to help save the future of Otter Rotters following changes to its funding.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications