THE future of the 13th century Taddiport bridge near Torrington is in doubt following allegations that it restricts the flow of the River Torridge and contributes to flooding. Devon County Council is consulting with English Heritage following a Statutory

THE future of the 13th century Taddiport bridge near Torrington is in doubt following allegations that it restricts the flow of the River Torridge and contributes to flooding.Devon County Council is consulting with English Heritage following a Statutory Nuisance Notice issued by Torridge District Council. The county council has a duty to protect cultural heritage, but is threatened with having to demolish the Grade 2 listed bridge to comply with the notice, which followed representations on behalf of the owner of a nearby property, Buckingham House. The county council failed in its appeal against the notice and is obliged to comply with it within two years.Eight neighbouring properties are affected by flooding on an occasional basis. The owner of Buckingham House, the most seriously affected, has been campaigning for a flood alleviation scheme since 1980. A spokesman for DCC said: "The county council understands the concerns of residents whose homes have been flooded in the past. Demolishing the bridge would reduce the problem, but it is clearly not a good solution for those local people who use Taddiport Bridge on a regular basis, nor is the prospect of losing part of the community's local heritage." The county council has stressed it is not yet committed to demolishing Taddiport Bridge.