Alma Bridge defence to begin this summer

Alma Bridge. Ref shs 8755-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Alma Bridge. Ref shs 8755-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Work to protect the temporary footway at Alma Bridge is scheduled to go ahead later this year, the county council’s highways chief has confirmed.

The Herald previously reported how councillor Stuart Hughes had announced that a temporary scheme to protect the vital link over the River Sid would go ahead this summer.

Concerns have since been raised that any project to defend the bridge could be delayed until the town’s beach management plan (BMP) is finished - which is likely to be years away.

But Cllr Hughes reiterated this week that conservation officials had agreed that temporary rock armouring – which could remain in place for up to 10 years – could be installed, regardless of the BMP’s progress.

He added that this would, hopefully, take place this summer, ahead of a major £300,000 project to replace the bridge using some of its original features in 2016/17.