Main Weir Bridge Path over the River Stour Throop, Bournemouth, Dorset

Update - 10th June 2011

E-mail reply from Roger Beaven - Project Engineer, Bridge Management, Dorset County Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker

8th June 2011

RE: Throop Crossing

Mr Whittaker

I can confirm that comments in my email of 8th February 2011 still stand.

Maintaining the existing bridge in a safe state is our priority. An inspection and assessment of the footbridge is shortly to be carried out, any remedial works found is likely to be undertaken after the summer holidays.

Our priority is to keep the footbridge in a serviceable and safe condition for all users. Although a possible solution for the access across the Weirs has been identified, i.e. re-using the reconditioned superstructure of the soon to be replaced footbridge across the A35 XCH bypass, there are no proposed dates for doing any major works at this time. The timing of any major works will be dictated in part by the condition of the existing bridge and available budget.

Roger Beaven

Project Engineer, Bridge Management, Dorset County Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Roger Beaven - Project Engineer, Bridge Management, Dorset County Council

1st June 2011

FW: Throop Crossing

Roger.

Am seeking if any update from your email to me of the 8th Feb, regarding the existing main Weir Bridge, your email then did touch on the existing structure and I now Dorset County Council are keeping a check on the structure which we know is well past 50 years.

With the loss of the lottery fund for Pig-Shoot, what I cannot get my head around is that this monies have it seems now been allocated to SW in Plymouth and Radstock, with the present Weir Bridge which is the ONLY LINK OVER THE RIVER for walkers, cyclist, and we know the very shortly this structure will have to be replaced at some very considerable expense, why was not a large allocation given from the lottery fund to assist Dorset County Council in this venture once we knew that the Pig- shoot crossing had been withdrawn, mainly yes we know it was a high risk project with Hurn parish objecting, but this present wooded structure will need upgrading and as such funding fits into the category linking communities, i.e. Hurn Airport for workers for a start, that we surely have a strong case here to make.

Cllr Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Roger Beaven - Project Engineer, Bridge Management, Dorset County Council

8th February 2011

RE: Throop Crossing

Roger.

Many thanks for the clear explanation , as you say the existing Weir bridge was so designed for footway use, in fact one of the original 4 route proposal when we won the lottery bid was looking at the new bridge crossing, but like Pig-shoot came up against the same Hurn and landowners objections, so if eventually Dorset did decide to design a new bridge one would hope it would be a bridleway, meantime as you rightly point out the existing bridge needs to be kept safe for public use, and as always am grateful to Dorset for any further remedial works to the existing bridge, one that I travel over frequently in my short walks in this lovely part of the valley.

Cllr Ron Whittaker

E-mail reply from Roger Beaven - Project Engineer, Bridge Management, Dorset County Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker

7th December 2010

RE: Path,

Mr Whittaker

The comments in my email dated 21st September 2010 still apply. We will in 2011/12 be looking into options for a replacement deck.

The most important issue is to ensure that the existing deck remains in a safe condition whilst the options are being investigated. The various options will be consulted on with potential partners, other parties with vested interest in the crossing and the public.

Early days yet, but in the New Year work on the options should commence.

We will keep you informed as the scheme progresses.

Roger Beaven

Project Engineer, Bridge Management, Dorset County Council