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Councillor’s fears over Bideford Long Bridge

07:50 20 May 2014

Bideford Long Bridge.

Bideford Long Bridge.

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Bideford Town Council to write to Devon County Council and English Heritage over ‘deteriorating’ bridge.

A BIDEFORD town councillor has expressed his astonishment at the state of the Bideford Long Bridge.

Councillor Peter Christie told Bideford Town Councillors at a meeting on Thursday that bridge, which is a Grade One listed building, was ‘deteriorating rapidly’.

In a submission to write to Devon County Council, Cllr Christie outlined a number of problems with the bridge which is central to the town.

“The tops of the coping stones have worn away,” he said.

“There is no grouting at all in some places were you can see right through the bridge.

“It has been repaired in one place but there looks like leftover mastic, it’s astonishing how they got away with it.”

“I don’t know how anybody could do this; if this was a private person the council would quite rightly take action against them.”

In 2008 Devon County Council carried out a £2.1million restoration of the bridge after reports deemed reinforced concrete sections added to the 800-year-old structure in the 1920s had gradually deteriorated over the years.

The restoration works took just over a year to complete and were set to preserve the structure in its current form for at least another 60 years.

Councillors voted unanimously to write to Devon County Council and to also include English Heritage to bring their attention to the bridge’s condition.

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