Councillor Martin Plackett, Broxtowe Borough Councillor for Bramcote Ward writes:- Following receipt of correspondence from Bramcote resident and joint Editor of Bramcote Today, Sue Sambells, regarding the Bridge, I again wrote to Highways England deploying the state of our Island Bridge, asking for its cleaning as soon as possible. In response, they inform me that new maintenance contract arrangements ‘went live on the 1st July’ and ‘The Bridge cleaning we will be considering under the new contract’, promising to keep me updated. Certainly not very positive!
I have further responded that the cleaning is long overdue, providing photographic evidence, and asked for the work to be scheduled at the very earliest opportunity. I have also asked Anna Soubry, Broxtowe’s M.P., to also write to Highways England, pressing our case.
More positively, following our June CAT meeting when it was suggested that the new ALDI store in Stapleford might be interested in a maintenance sponsorship for the Bridge, Highways England indicate they ‘will discuss the potential’ of such a proposition.
The above pictures show how the bridge looked when it was originally built and the photo on the right shows its current state of disrepair. The news article explains the reason fro added the screen. Than you to local resident, Tony Smith, for bringing this to our attention. If any residents currently living on Dudley Court or very nearby have any comments to make, we would most welcome them on this website and to Highways England – see details for contact below.