Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Toll bridge owners could have learned from past

THE reconstruction of Whitchurch toll bridge started far too late in the year, according to one aggrieved resident.

However, the unnamed complainant was not referring to the £6 million refurbishment completed last month but one more than 160 years ago.

According to a letter in the Reading Mercury dated October 16, 1852, the work should have started in the spring.

Instead, the owners did not begin replacing the original wooden structure, which dated from 1792 and was falling apart, with a replica until September 28.

More than 50 residents organised an emergency meeting on September 30 and presented a petition to the bridge company urging it to delay the work until early the following year.

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