Neglected bridge to be repaired

Mick Gorry next to the damaged Downyfield Bridge in Middleton.
Mick Gorry next to the damaged Downyfield Bridge in Middleton.
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An old bridge that’s ready to fall into a dyke after being neglected for many years looks set to be repaired.

The bridge on Middleton Road, which has been standing for over 100 years, has been hit by cars numerous times but has been left partly demolished for over two years, claims a local equestrian centre owner.

Mick Gorry, who owns nearby Downeyfield Farm, said: “Two years ago the Highways department were notified that the bridge was ready to fall into the dyke that it went over.

“Some weeks later they dismantled the stonework and erected barriers and signage.

“If this bridge was on a main route it would have been repaired a long time ago for safety reasons.

“As it is on a minor road I get the impression that it is a wait a see what happens job.

“Why has it been neglected for such a long time?

“The bridge goes over a very important dyke which carries all the flood water and top water from Middleton and Overton.

“Every Saturday night we have to drag someone out of the hedge side.

“It’s time to do something about it.”