Plea to halt bridge plan

Civic chiefs are urging councillors to postpone their plans to demolish a historic bridge.

Since 1988, around 22 lorries have hit the disused railway bridge at Sawmills over the A610 between Ambergate and Ripley.

The 250-tonne bridge is set to be demolished next March or April but members of the Bullbridge and Sawmills area Civic Society claim the £150,000 cost of demolition is unnecessary – and want councillors to look at their plans again.

Society secretary Gill Hirst said: “What we are trying to do now is get them to postpone it a bit longer to have more thought on it.

“We do feel it’s not been well considered as it should have been.”

Members want the bridge to be adopted as a ‘greenway’ for walkers and horse riders.