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Council to buy Fiddler's Ferry bridge
6:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
THE collapsed Marsh House Bridge will be bought out by Warrington Borough Council.
Councillors on the executive board approved the plans to buy the site off the Duchy of Lancaster so that they could start work on rebuilding the bridge which collapsed last month.
But Clr Linda Dirir, who is a ward councillor for Penketh and Cuerdley where the area covers, questioned why the bridge had collapsed in the first place.
Clr Dirir said: “We will still be looking at how it came about that a 20 tonne lorry went over it when the bridge had a seven tonne weight limit after someone had removed the sign.”
Deputy council leader Clr Mike Hannon (LAB - Orford) added: “It’s well documented what happened at the bridge when the wagon was going across and caused tremendous damage to this bridge.”
Businesses which depend on the bridge as an access to their sites have complained that the collapse puts them at risk of going bust.
The council says it has found funds of £225,000 to go towards reinstating the bridge.
Clr Hannon said: “When these types of building go to the crown they just avoid any responsibility of things which are in their ownership.
“We hope we would be able to purchase the bridge for a nominal fee.”
The redevelopment of St Helens Canal, Fiddlers Ferry Marina and Sankey Valley Park are already future plans for the council and by buying the bridge it believes it can help to boost its work in the area.
Part of the plans would be to build a cantilever bridge which would let St Helens Canal be used by boats again.
“It will solve a lot of difficult issues if we go ahead with this proposal,” added Clr Dirir.
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