Both Parties Blaming Each Other Over Footpath Bridge

The broken footbridge on the Thames-side public footpath at Fawley is still not mended even though in June Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) advised the works would be carried out in August after their original plans were delayed by construction work at Fawley Court for Henley Regatta.

Both parties BCC (responsible for the footpath) and Fawley Court (owner of the land over which access is needed) are blaming each other months after the footbridge broke in November 2018.  BCC posted a notice in November saying that the bridge would be fixed within 6 months.  The current diversion in place means that pedestrians are diverted back on to the busy Marlow Road which does not have any proper pavements.

Michael Wood, Countryside and Land Access Consultant for Fawley Court said, “Following a meeting between Fawley Court, the Council’s contractor and the Council on site on 6 June, the County Council is still to provide the drawings and specification for the works that it proposes to undertake on our client’s land. We have written several times to the Council in respect of this on behalf of Fawley Court, most recently on 6 August, again requesting this material.  We have not had a response.”

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE said, “We continue to assess a range of options that will allow us, as highways authority, to access the land to replace the footbridge. We are well aware of the inconvenience that this closure has clearly had on the local community and we are hoping to secure a workable solution very soon.”

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