Children give footbridge a big hand

PUBLISHED: 11:47 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 May 2010

Clavering Parish Council chairman Nigel Cook (far right) with residents Janet and Terry Fray, Ellen Bushnell and Dawn Adams with children Sam and Millie Bushnell and Caroline and Lee Adams. Also pictured are dogs Midge and Gem – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Clavering Parish Council chairman Nigel Cook (far right) with residents Janet and Terry Fray, Ellen Bushnell and Dawn Adams with children Sam and Millie Bushnell and Caroline and Lee Adams. Also pictured are dogs Midge and Gem - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

CHILDREN in Clavering have a safer route to get to school thanks to repairs made to a footbridge in the village. Years of wear and tear on the bridge over the River Stort, near the Fox and Hounds pub, had left it dilapidated and in need of repair. Claveri

CHILDREN in Clavering have a safer route to get to school thanks to repairs made to a footbridge in the village.

Years of wear and tear on the bridge over the River Stort, near the Fox and Hounds pub, had left it dilapidated and in need of repair.

Clavering Parish Council footed the £2350 repair bill and the bridge was re-opened last week, giving residents of the Colehills Close part of the village safer passage across the river and preventing them from having to walk up to a busy junction.

Parish Council chairman Nigel Cook said: "The council considered the repairs to the bridge carefully, as it is a big investment for a parish with only a small budget.

"We voted to carry out the work because it saves the children having to cross the B1038 at the busiest times at a rather hazardous junction.

"The Environment Agency was consulted too, and required extra works as the bridge is over the River Stort, and we're pleased that it is now open again."

Colehills Close resident Dawn Adams' two children use the bridge every day.

She said: "We really missed the bridge when it wasn't there. It's certainly made the route to school much safer.

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