Andrew Weller, chairman of the Pelsall Civic Society, says the plans to demolish York’s Bridge would be disastrous for the village
We have to ask ourselves why do the authorities want to spend up to £4 million replacing two bridge on one lane? The first bridge has been replaced, York’s bridge is intended to be next.
Previous comments suggest we have to accept that a new bridge is to be built and that a campaign needs to be started to preserve the old bridge.
Pelsall Civic Society don’t see the need for a new bridge, as this would be disastrous for our village.
When we talk of the traffic increasing as a result of this new bridge been built, one of the main objections to this plan if allowed, as far we are concerned is the massive increase in heavy goods vehicles passing through our village and all the problems associated with this, ie. road safety for pedestrians, our village will become a rat run/shortcut, noise, pollution, damage to our existing roads and an increase in vibration to properties along Wolverhampton and Norton Road.
We are a small village and our roads cannot cope with the volume of traffic this project if allowed will create.
Regarding incidents that have occurred at York’s Bridge over the years, these could have been prevented or reduced. To date, there isn’t one sign informing motorists travelling either way that this bridge requires care when approaching and crossing?
It has been known locally for many years that there are valuable resources in the fields adjacent Lime Lane, Coal and Clay.
The Civic Society believe the authorities are making preparation plans long term regarding the replacement of bridges along Lime Lane, the extraction of the coal and clay, we have photographs of the coal and clay samples showing that they are at a depth of 57.5 metres – 185 feet in old money.
We can only assume by spending this amount of money on replacing the two bridges there are to be big gains long term, ie. after the extraction of the resources, a hole to be filled, a long term landfill site, as we know more and more rubbish is being recycled that means less landfill, it also means a landfill as big as this is going to take much longer to fill, many years.
Our village will see lorries coming from far and wide to dump rubbish; Pelsall had a landfill site up the Wood during the 1960s, the Grove landfill site bordering Pelsall. It is now coming to an end. Is it fair we should have another one?
We believe these are the true intentions and reasons for the bridge replacements.
Our message to those who have made comments and all residents of our village. We should be starting a campaign to stop this new bridge been built in the first place.
The authorities can repair the existing bridge, at a fraction of the cost of a replacement, implement traffic calming measures and enforce the existing 10 tonne weight restriction. Problem Solved
Chair, Pelsall Civic Society