BRIDGE: Important footway

We are told that it is the 'end of the road' for the pedestrian bridge over the lower end of Borough Bank in North Shields, (News Guardian, November 8).

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 6:06 am

We were informed that bridgeworks and associated buttress foundations were now considered to be no longer safe and were required to be ‘permanently removed’, implying a new bridge would not be built.

The statement that comments can still be sent to the council within a closing date of 21 days may only be part of the legal process on something already decided.

I, and others, responded to the initial consultation, saying the footbridge was a useful link to the ferry and buses, and to the ultimate 1,000 or so residences being built at the Smiths Dock site, and the close-by Royal Quays riverside.

This is even more apparent as a significant number of residences are now complete.

The council’s conclusion that only ‘a small number of objections’ had been received does not reflect that as well as individual views that a replacement bridge is necessary, a number of groups had made comments.

Such groups are made up of a number of people making combined significant input.

Riverside walks take place also.

If the demolition work has to be done on safety grounds, this will require a tidy sum anyway.

For such an elegant and historic structure, funds should be sought from government highways sources and other funds. The recent budget awarded a useful sum to the highways needs of councils, footways being an important element.

I already know some routes are much less convenient than the bridge.

AM Johnson

North Shields