Message from Arthur Capstick (Chairman of Parish Council);
Following a meeting last week as indicated below, the following update is available about the work on Gowan Bridge. It is obviously very disappointing that the pre-Easter weekend target is likely now to be missed and I have made this point and this will be a real issue for some of our retailers. However, I have spoken with the Site Manager today who is now very positive about the progress so who knows, we may be able to claw back some of the time lost. Let’s hope so. It makes it even more important that we put on a big show and publicise that Staveley is open when it does actually happen. Plans are being prepared for this so I hope you are all up for it!
I will place this latest information on the PC notice board, the website and in the Beehive. Please let people in your own networks know too.
Gowan Bridge: Latest information on the replacement (from Gillian Holmes, CCC Community development Officer)
Nick Raymond, Cumbria County Council Senior Manager for the flood recovery programme met with members of the Staveley Stakeholder Group on 26 January 2017 to provide an update on the Gowan Bridge construction.
Due to the delay in starting the piling, as previously informed, we are currently looking at a bridge completion date of 20 April, 2017.
We will shortly provide a timeline for the various ongoing construction stages. We are informed that the piling work is due to finish in mid-February 2017.
Following the feedback received at the drop-in session in October 2016, it has been agreed that both sides of the bridge will be fully stone faced. The footway, however will remain on the side shown on the draft design and as originally sited on the old bridge prior to Storm Desmond. This decision follows the findings of the Road Safety Audit which showed a greater safety risk if it were moved to the other side. (A further Drop In session is to be organised shortly)
The application for the permit for the main structure has been submitted to the Environment Agency (EA) who have given their assurance that they will attempt to approve it within two weeks. If for some reason there is a delay in issuing it, the EA has confirmed that work to bridge will be able to continue so as not to cause any disruption to the overall construction works.
Gowan Terrace will remain closed, under a temporary road closure, until the bridge has been reopened in April 2017.
Gill Holmes, Community Development Officer for Cumbria County Council is to provide weekly updates going forward.
A drop-in session is to be organised in the next two weeks which will be publicised via the community board, posters and email. We will show the final bridge design which will also be made available electronically for those that cannot attend. We will also hold discussions around:
• possible permanent closure of Gowan Terrace
• the option for restrictions, formal or informal, for HGVs entering the village at the southern end
• bridge opening