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Sunny day so I went for a walk to see what was happening with the Grade II Listed Walton Bridge repairs since it was trashed by a lorry.  I thought these pics were worthy of a new topic as the old one went of course a bit.

 

Here's the old topic though if anyone wants a reminder of what happened...http://forum.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/index.php?/topic/11593-one-less-bridge-in-warrington/page-1

 

PLEASE tell me these are the sort of bricks that weather and age quickly :(

 

Sha, I really hope you are sitting down when you see these photo's and take a deep breath !!

 

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Bridge will look even worse if new dressed stone is used for copings. Who on earth gave Listed Building Consent for the new Ibstock brick or has the rebuilding proceeded without Consent ?? A couple of years ago the nearby Acton Grange hump back canal bridge suffered similar damage and new brick was used in restoration but of the "well burned" variety which proved to be an excellent match and the old sandstone copings were rescued from the canal and reused. A more perfect match for the bricks would have been old Cheshire variety but these reclaimed bricks would have been more expensive. Incidentally, the builders who restored the bridge were a father and son partnership from Eccles with a van bearing the words "Loft Conversion Specialists" - what you might call Jack of All Trades.

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Lots going on all in hand with the relevant people now involved including English Heritage, Peels and WBC all thanks to Clr Paul Kennedy who has just rung me after I emailed him earlier too and he's already been in touch with them all and has been down to see the bridge himself again this morning too (well done to that man again and boy he's on the ball and gets things sorted quickly and with no mither)

English Heritage are going down today now (or may have already been now) but I'll say no more just for now as I'm sure there will be a more detailed update shortly................. :D

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I emailed our planning enforcement (with a pic lifted from here) at midnight last night (case ENF/15/04804) but it's Paul's ward so he can sort it! Not sure EH will be rushing round - they tend to leave it to local action unless it's Grade II* or Grade I.

 

Peel may want to pretend it's "temporary" - and WBC is certainly telling them that can only be temporary until they get listed building consent for a proper repair. Apart from notifying EH, Paul's been speaking to senior management at Peel so we hope Peel now do the right thing - unauthorised work to a listed building is a criminal offence. And just undoing that mess will be costly - It's wrong brick, wrong bond, wrong mortar. I'd be interested in the lorry insurer's correspondence with Peel - I suspect they'll not be keen to pay for a temporary and a proper repair!

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Lots going on all in hand with the relevant people now involved including English Heritage, Peels and WBC all thanks to Clr Paul Kennedy who has just rung me after I emailed him earlier too and he's already been in touch with them all and has been down to see the bridge himself again this morning too (well done to that man again and boy he's on the ball and gets things sorted quickly and with no mither)

 

English Heritage are going down today now (or may have already been now) but I'll say no more just for now as I'm sure there will be a more detailed update shortly................. :D

I wonder who started the ball rolling - full report to follow :wink:

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