The next stages of construction of a new footbridge over the weir at Keynsham Park are underway and a planning application has been submitted for the demolition of the existing bridge.
Bath & North East Somerset Council have made the application with the aim of starting work on site this autumn.
Another planning application will also be filed to replace the bridge with a new superstructure, which should be completed in the spring of 2023 to restore a pedestrian route across the river.
The existing bridge has been closed to the public since October 2019 when a visual inspection revealed it was unsafe for public use, due to deterioration of the glulam beams forming the superstructure.
Subsequent investigations in 2020 revealed that the bridge was beyond repair and the most cost-effective solution is to install a new bridge. The council has earmarked £750,000 for the project in its budget for 2022/23.
Councilor Mark Roper, Cabinet Assistant for Neighborhood Services, said: “I am pleased that demolition work on the dangerous bridge will soon begin before its replacement is installed next spring, subject to the necessary planning approvals. We know the detour route for pedestrians during the bridge closure has been frustrating and we thank residents for their patience while we worked to find the best solution.
“Keynsham Park is a much loved and widely used community asset and we are fortunate to have two play parks set in beautiful landscaped grounds. The new bridge will once again provide a link between the green spaces and make walking around the park more convenient for everyone.
The playground closest to the bridge will be closed during construction to ensure public safety during demolition. The town hall will inform residents in advance of the dates of the work.
See the demolition planning request here