Bridge battles

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The photograph on the right, though not claiming to have any artistic merit, may nevertheless be of interest to readers.

It captures a moment in the unfolding history of the new Adur Ferry Bridge and shows a view taken just west of the southern end of the bridge.

Three observations follow:

1) A breach in the temporary fencing which was put up pending implementation of the final landscaping plans for this area. The ‘breach’ permits hitherto exceedingly patient pedestrians to and from the west to avoid a 150-yard detour to reach the bridge via the council-provided pedestrian ramp to the east.

What a pity the opening wasn’t there from the start – albeit with some (safer) temporary scaffolding steps up the bank.

2) Footwear hanging from the fencing. As we all know, development of this area has been held up by the realisation that the existing car-park and landscaping design ignores the fact that there is an ancient right of access to the river near this point. The name ‘Adur Ferry’ perhaps provides a clue.

The footwear seems to have been put there in response to a displayed notice begging the council to ‘stop flop-flipping and start digging’, presumably as a first step towards creating a new landscaped area.

There are at least 160 shoes on display, including three flip-flops – an interesting variation of people ‘voting with their feet’?

3) There is a fairly massive pile cap that has been built over the new piling. Some might call this over-engineering, when one compares it with the simple open view we had before.

Presumably, the Environment Agency (EA) will marry their new Adur Tidal Walls scheme up to this piling – a struggling example of joined up government?

Let’s hope that after at least ten years of waiting, EA’s programme gets started soon.

And in case people think that the Shoreham Slipways Group (SSG) is partly to blame for the hold-up, this is not so.

The SSG are now focussing on the county-council-preferred Adur Recreation Ground as our preferred site for a slipway (Herald, February 5).

However, we did point out to Adur Council, over two years ago, that we had conditional planning permission for a new slipway next to the aforementioned ancient point of access. But for some reason, the council chose to completely ignore this and its associated significance as regards access to the river.

Finally, since drafting this letter and copying it to various interested parties, it was gratifying to see that a couple of yellow-coated council employees were measuring up the gap and the slope on Friday.

Fingers crossed that this results in some new temporary steps, rather than yet more robust fencing.

Mike Wooldridge



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