COLUMN: Dozy’s Rambles on Adur Ferry Bridge glass

Another panel shattered only last week
Another panel shattered only last week

AM I the only one not prepared to accept the latest findings re the smashed glass panels on Adur Ferry Bridge?

Let me put in the facts and let the specialists fill in the gaps.

Now, the way I see it, and I am sure every normal person will see it the same way, all of the panels that were smashed were from the centre part of the span heading south to the beach.

Please note that until recently there was no camera at the south end. However, there is a working camera situated on Coronation Green (at the northern end) and that has always been there, but it is a camera that swivels around to cover East Street, High Street and the bridge. There have been no smashed panels from the centre of the span to the High Street.

How strange that all the glass with faults in somehow smashed magically on their own, away from the one working camera.

Lo and behold, when a new camera is installed at the south end of the bridge, the magical faulty glass stopped breaking. Ah sorry, I forgot, one did smash close to the centre of the span, soon after the pane broke, and guess what, the new camera had six minutes of footage missing. Coincidence?

As a member of the original bridge committee, I was in at the design stage and all allied components to do with the bridge. I insisted on a security camera for the bridge as soon as it was decided to make this a glass-sided construction.

I also insisted spare glass was kept in stock in case of breakages. I was told the camera on Coronation Green would be adequate enough to cover but it turned out I was right and we needed another camera. I was told spare glass could not be stored because each section was a different size. I was told no two pieces were the same size. I was also told the cost of keeping a stock would be financially out of the question, as each piece cost anything from £5,000 to £10,000. Now, according to West Sussex County Council’s recent revelation, each piece of glass costs £1,000.

If, as the council is saying, the glass installed had a fault in it, then who is responsible? Why have so few panels broken if they are all made of the same substance? Why are there some very noticeable impact marks on the panels that have been smashed?

Is this just a piece of flannel put out by the county council? Someone said recently that an apology should be given to the public after accusations of vandalism. Well, I am sorry but I am not convinced that there has been no deliberate damage caused. I am still waiting to be convinced.