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Thursday, 22 November 2018

£98,000 investment restores seven Nantwich footbridges

Cheshire East Council has revamped seven footbridges across the River Weaver in Nantwich.

The £98,000 scheme provides a major boost to the network of walking routes for residents, visitors and shoppers.

The Riverside Park area of Nantwich, and the wider open green space, offers a number of footpaths linking the town centre with residential areas and car parks. The council has carried out the repairs to maintain a pleasant walking experience for residents and visitors.

Some of the bridges became vandalised or had fallen into disrepair and, therefore, with the opportunity of using some developer contributions, the council scheduled a programme of works to restore seven footbridges in the Manor Road, Mill Island, Queens Drive and Brine Baths areas of the town.

Cheshire East Council leader, Rachel Bailey, said: “We are really happy with the outcome of these restorations. Not only do they make the area look much more attractive and safer but they have also increased access for everyone and provided more green space for local residents.”

Manor Road footbridge and Brine Baths footbridge have undergone a substantial restoration, which has transformed their appearance. Handrails have been reinstalled and corroded parapet rail connections have also been replaced.

The footbridge over the weir had become almost inaccessible to wheelchair users but, since the works have been carried out, decayed timber decking has been replaced and entry points to the bridge have been cleared so that access is now much easier.

The physical structures of the footbridges have been improved and the surrounding areas have also been restored. Mill Island to St Anne’s footbridge was severely overgrown and covered in graffiti and this has now been removed, making the area more attractive to encourage greater use by pedestrians and walkers.

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