A popular footbridge to the north of Allenview car park, Wimborne is to be replaced during the 2024 school summer holidays.

Routine inspections found corrosion on the underside of the bridge used by students of the nearby Allenbourn Middle School. Although the corrosion is not a risk to the stability of the bridge, it does require attention.

Due to limited access, it is not possible to undertake the required works in situ. Therefore, the bridge will be removed and a new, more easily maintained, footbridge put in its place.

The old bridge will be refurbished offsite so it can be reused elsewhere.

Cllr Jon Andrews, Dorset Council’s Cabinet member for Place Commissioned Services said: “The bridge is well-used, especially by students attending the nearby school but after years of wear and tear it is in need of repair. Our decision to replace it was made after careful consideration, and the new bridge will be modern and easier to maintain.”

Vegetation will be cut back to enable removal of the bridge, with the council’s ecologist checking all nesting birds have left by the time the work starts.

The new steel bridge, over the River Allen, off Elizabeth Road, will be assembled in sections and the slope on its approach will be adjusted.

It will be ready and in place in time for the start of the new school term in September.

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