Uncertain future for vital footbridge

April 7, 2017 8:35 PM

Letter to Welwyn Hatfield Times

07/04/2017

Dear Sir

In your report of the planning meeting about the Spenhill site last week, you did not cover the point I made that the planned footbridge upgrade - basically a repaint and a new surface underfoot - is far from guaranteed as the council has not managed to engage with Network Rail who own the bridge. It is they who would carry out the work, not Spenhill or their successors. Nor is there any certainty that the money put down by Spenhill for this work - £150,000 - is accepted by Network Rail as adequate.

Given the saga has been going on for 10 years, it is deeply disappointing that there is no guarantee that any or all of the work needed will take place, or when. Given how quickly I managed to get Network Rail to put in proper lighting on the bridge a few years back, it is very surprising. However that is where we are at present. Let us hope wise counsels prevail.

Yours sincerely

Malcolm Cowan

LibDem councillor