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Call for upkeep of iconic bridge

Hedley Hall with weeds and soil that have collected at the base of the bridge wall. Picture: Adrian Murray

Hedley Hall with weeds and soil that have collected at the base of the bridge wall. Picture: Adrian Murray

A Ripon man concerned about the state of the city’s North Bridge is calling on the county council to improve its “neglected” appearance.

Hedley Hall, who lives on Ure Bank Top, says no maintenance work has been carried out on the bridge for three years and is helping to create a bad impression of the city.

“It’s in a general poor state and is only going to get worse as time goes on,” he said.

Among Mr Hall’s concerns is rain water unable to drain from the footpaths into the gulleys.

“Every time it rains you get large puddles,” he said, adding that the sandstone walls on the bridge are decaying.

“It’s an attractive Victorian bridge in its own right but it needs to be looked after.”

Mr Hall says the state of the bridge is symptomatic of a wider neglect in the city and fears it will create a bad impression of Ripon when the Tour de France –which will pass over the bridge – visits in July.

“When you walk into town you only have to look in the shrubs and the accumulation of rubbish, and also by the pavement sides.

“We’re supposed to be a tourist attraction so let’s keep it neat and tidy and appeal to tourists. If a place looks run down the tourists just aren’t going to come back.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “There are currently no plans to carry out any major work to North Bridge, which is considered structurally sound. However, following a recent safety inspection, orders have been raised for some minor maintenance works to include some repairs to the footpath and the cleaning of the highway drains.”

 

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