Save the Footbridge Oaks Campaign

by pennieh in London, England, United Kingdom

Save the Footbridge Oaks Campaign
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On 28th July 2020 we successfully raised £2,665 with 73 supporters in 28 days

We are campaigning to save two mature, healthy oaks by providing an alternative solution that retains the trees and repairs the bridge.

by pennieh in London, England, United Kingdom

Highways' new consultants to look at repair options to save the oaks

Welcome news at last from Southwark Highways on their Cox’s Walk Footbridge repair page:

"We've committed to honour the Tree Protection Order put in place by our Planning team and to pause any works on the footbridge. We'll continue to carry out inspections of the structure, particularly the underside, to ensure the safety of the public. The footbridge itself will remain closed to the public until a solution is determined to the address the essential repair works to the footbridge.

"The council is legally required to keep Cox’s Walk open and accessible as this forms part of the public highway. This means that a crossing, over the deep gully, must be provided and maintained as soon as practicable. We wholly recognise the deep concern for the future of two oak trees, adjacent to the footbridge, which have been previously identified as requiring removal to ensure that the repair works can be safely carried out.

"We recognise the considerable time and effort made by the campaigners in working to find a solution that will fulfil the objectives of repairing the bridge whilst retaining the trees. Consequently, we'll be tasking our new structures consultant to review all available options, including those previously discounted on technical and financial grounds, such as a preliminary design submitted by a local campaign group. This consultants’ brief will identify any means of reopening an accessible walkway over the gully, which will enable the two oak trees adjacent to the footbridge, to stay in place.

 The intention is to engage with the public once the consultant has completed this work.”

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