Following a year-long campaign, Rossendale MP Jake Berry has welcomed the Environment Agency’s pledge to fund the demolition of a dangerous Waterfoot bridge.
Jake was contacted 12 months ago by concerned constituents on Glen Terrace, Waterfoot about an unadopted bridge that had been damaged by a series of accidents, leaving it derelict and with a large hole.
The Environment Agency has now agreed to put £25,000 towards the demolition of the bridge, providing further works are carried out.
“I’m really pleased that the Environment Agency has stepped in to help resolve what has been a very long and drawn-out issue for everyone in the Glen.
“I hope now that this dangerous eyesore can be made safe again.”
The bridge, which runs over the River Irwell, has been plagued by accidents over the years.
A large hole on the land adjoining Glen Terrace was first created following an accident with a boiler in February 1902.
The boiler was being moved by two engines when the bridge collapsed under the 22-tonne weight, leaving it at a 45-degree angle, while one of the engines transporting it sank to the bottom.
A similar accident occurred in 1934, when a heavy motor lorry turned in front of Glen Terrace and sank into the ground.
Then in 1997, a car fell through the bridge and the resulting hole has still not been repaired.