Bridge removal may cause issues

SWALLOWROW Drain on the Ancholme near Waddingham has had a bridge removed.

The Ancholme River Users Group meeting for spring heard it was believed farmers had taken the bridge out, but members feared in a flooding emergency there could be dangerous consequences.

“I suspect they did not want dogs walking over it, it was a rickety bridge and it could have been condemned on health and safety grounds,” said Godfrey Thacker of Brandy Wharf Marina.

“There seems to have been a lack of consultation before it was taken out.”

Members heard the path over the bridge was not a public right of way, though had been in regular use as a footpath for 70 years.

The drain is a short distance upstream from the end of the former Caistor canal, but on the west bank of the Ancholme.

Candy Read of the Environment Agency promised to make enquiries as to what has happened.