20th Oct, 2017

Lucy's Mill Bridge campaign steps up

Stratford Editorial 16th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CAMPAIGNERS took to two wheels and two feet in a bid to raise awareness of the accessibility issues at Lucy’s Mill Bridge.

The bridge – which runs alongside the Seven Meadows Road bridge -currently cannot be crossed by those in wheelchairs or by parents with prams, while cyclists are forced to carry their bikes up the steps.

It has been the subject of much speculation over the years with Stratford Voice campaigning vigorously for action.

Plans for changes were abandoned owing to spiralling costs and local opposition back in 2009 and two previous studies undertaken by the county council showed upgrading the bridge in its existing location would not be feasible.

Campaign group Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge (FOLMB) is hoping to fund an architect review to convince council chiefs to change their minds.

And they took park in a charity walk and cycle ride on Saturday (April 11) to raise awareness of the difficulties residents face on a daily basis as well as raise funds for charity.

Seven-year-old Ieuan George’s cycled the route – which included a section over the bridge – with his gran June Childs, and raised £40 for The Firefighters Charity.

FOLMB chairman Ralph Brown said: “We would like to thank Forest Fireworks, Shakespeare Lions, Stratford Athletics Club, Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Group, Sustrans, Pashley Cycles and all our participants for making this possible.”

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