Demand for troubled bridge to be replaced

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CALLS have been made to replace a popular footbridge over the River Kelvin.

East Dunbartonshire Council closed Cawder Footbridge following safety checks.

It forms part of a public right of way between Bishopbriggs and Balmore.

Resident Robin Dick says he has been told the bridge will be replaced, but no time scale has been set.

Mr Dick, from Bishopbriggs, used the bridge to get to his work in Balmore.

He said: “I appreciate the footbridge may well be considered by engineers as unsafe, but to be told there is little in the way of a time scale of repair or replacement is not acceptable.”

He added: “It’s a popular walking and cycling route for people in Torrance, Balmore, Bishopbriggs and beyond towards the Lennox Forrest.

“Are we not trying to promote cycling and outdoor pursuits in these difficult economic times? In the meantime, I will drive my car to work rather than walk.”

Bishopbriggs North and Torrance councillor Anne McNair said: “I have been approached by a number of people who regularly use this route.

“At a time when people are being encouraged to take more exercise we are all keen to see the bridge repaired and back in use as soon as possible.

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Further to a recent inspection by the council’s bridge engineer, Cawder Footbridge was closed in the interest of public safety.

“Currently, a more detailed bridge assessment is being carried out.

“If the footbridge is found to be beyond economic repair it will require to be replaced.”

Councillor Anne McNair is pictured at the bridge.