Bridge closure causing frustration

By Chris Betteley in Other News

THE closure for up to four weeks of a bridge used by schoolchildren and residents has caused “frustration”, a local councillor has said.

Repair and improvement works on the St Brieuc footbridge began on 23 February, with the work slated to be completed by the end of March.

Ceredigion council said that, as well as repairs to the bridge, raised parapets will be installed for the safety of cyclists.

“This work requires a short-term path closure that will result in a long term improvement on the path,” the council said.

Penparcau councillor Lorrae Jones-Southgate said she was not given notice of the work - although a story appeared in the Cambrian News in early February, and signs were erected at the site on 17 February informing of the works, Ceredigion council said.

Cllr Jones-Southgate said the closure was “causing much disruption and inconvenience to the many, young and old, who use this route”.

“It is especially difficult for the Camau Bach and two local primary schools, Ysgol Cymraeg and Plascrug,” she said.

Rhodri Llwyd, group manager for highways services at Ceredigion council, in a letter to local councillor Paul James, said that the work will widen the approaches, and replace the parapets on the bridge to make the route accessible to cyclists.

Mr Llwyd said that, while the timing is “unfortunate and will unfortunately inconvenience individuals”, the funding for the works was only secured late in the financial year.

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