West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has challenged the Canal and River Trust (CRT) to explain the details around the installation of new safety equipment at Spencers Swing Bridge in Newburgh.
Local residents have contacted MP Rosie for her support following the upgrade works which they claim was done without consulting them, and the works have caused even more problems with the crossing and the safety of residents and bridge users.
Spencers Swing Bridge is one of a number of bridges maintained by the Canal and River Trust with the recent work scheduled to take place last November as part of their winter programme.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“According to the local residents, the Canal and River Trust sought to upgrade the safety at Spencers Bridge but the upgrades appear to have had the opposite effect and impacted on the heritage aspect of the bridge.
“The CRT undertook much of the work under their presumed planning permission rights, but residents maintain that the addition of a ‘wig wag’ warning lights on the public highway has exceeded this permission.
“Other impacts include the increased risk of flooding due to the installation of concrete bases rather than permeable, and new concrete and metal structures causing harm to the heritage site.
“Canal and river crossings need to be maintained to a safe and high standard but work should be undertaken in consultation and collaboration with affected residents and considerate to the surroundings.
“I have written to ask for a full explanation and consider whether these changes have provided a positive impact or whether they should be reversed or altered.