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West Sussex County Council
Chichester District Council
Woolbeding with Redford
SE873873 (487276, 122042)
Sadly this ancient structure is damaged with alarming regularity every two years; Feb 2006, Oct 2008, Jul 2010, Feb 2012, Dec 2013 and Mar 2016.
The damage is always to the same part of the bridge i.e. the northeast end of the downstream parapet, at an average cost of around £4000. Repairs have been carried out by a local firm of stone masons, but there is no disguising the change in colour of the new lime mortar cement.
Recently there has been severe scarring to the northern end of the upstream parapet caused by poor HGV driving skills or over-long vehicles, or both.
Speed is clearly a major factor in the collisions. Two years ago the Woolbeding with Redford Parish council tried to persuade the local highways department to introduce measures to restrict speed on the northern approach to the bridge. Eventually very minor improvements were permitted, but have clearly been ineffectual. The permitted speed on approach remains at 60mph.
Your assistance in addressing this problem would be greatly appreciated.
John Andre, 24 April 2016
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