River bridge repair update 1 Nov
Engineers are finalising the repair design and costs for Woodhall Bridge according to North Yorkshire County Council which is in charge of the repair. NYCC have commissioned the installation of protective bagging around the bridge piers to cope with winter river levels. They had hoped to have completed this stage in late October but found it requires permission from Natural England as it is in an area of Higher Level Stewardship.
The seemingly slow progress continues to annoy villagers and East Keswick Parish Council which is lobbying hard for the repairs to be completed. There are fears that this project might be 'kicked into the long grass' due to its cost and the Parish Council is determined to prevent this. It has elicited the support of a number of groups from the Ramblers Association to Leeds ward councillors and the two Westminster MPs whose constituencies are separated by the bridge. One of them, Alec Shelbrooke MP, told NYCC that whilst he appreciated the need for a 'carefully engineered solution' residents were feel it is taking far too long'. He has asked NYCC to keep him updated.
Meanwhile, self sown trees on the Leeds bank which were beginning to look like they might cause further problems are to be dealt with quickly by Leeds City Council.
Further updates will appear on this website as soon as they are known.