‘Dan­ger bridge’ alert af­ter tot al­most falls


ADAD has called for ma­jor re­pairs to a bridge over the Silk Road say­ing his tod­dler could have fallen through a bro­ken rail­ing.

Con­rad Ru­bin, 46, says his 18-month-old son Char­lie was hold­ing on to a wooden balustrade on the bridge when it broke.

The ter­ri­fied dad grabbed his son to pre­vent him fall­ing through.

The bridge goes over the main Silk Road and con­nects the Mid­dle­wood Way be­tween Bolling­ton and Tyther­ing­ton, a route used by chil­dren to get to school.

Coun­cil bosses say that tem­po­rary re­pair work is be­ing car­ried out on the bridge and that a more de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion will take place in the sum­mer.

Con­rad, who is a cab­i­net maker, says he im­me­di­ately re­ported what hap­pened to the coun­cil af­ter in­spect­ing the bridge fur­ther and be­liev­ing that some of the wooden balustrades are rot­ting.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers have now placed new wooden bead­ing at the top and bot­tom of the balustrades to try to fix the prob­lem but Con­rad warns this does not solve it.

Con­rad, who lives in Bolling­ton and runs the Bed and Mat­tress Shop in Mac­cles­field, said: “I was ter­ri­fied when Char­lie nearly fell through and it’s so lucky I grabbed him in time.

“We were up there wav­ing at the cars and the balustrade he was hold­ing came away be­cause it was rot­ten at the bot­tom.

“What the coun­cil has done is not go­ing to fix the prob­lem. The new wood is at­tached to the rot­ten wood so the balustrades can still snap off.

“It’s a route that school­child­ren use and this is only go­ing to get worse once the school buses are cut and more chil­dren are walk­ing across to Tyther­ing­ton. The bridge has been there 30 years and the life­span of wood is only about 25. I don’t want peo­ple go­ing up there.”

A Cheshire East Coun­cil spokesman said: “Tempo- rary re­pair work is be­ing car­ried out on this foot­bridge to re­place some of the tim­ber con­struc­tion. This in­volves ad­di­tional tim­ber and gal­vanised steel mesh.

“The re­quire­ment for this work was iden­ti­fied in the last financial year 2016-17 fol­low­ing in­spec­tion.

“A more de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion of the struc­ture will take place in the sum­mer and there is fund­ing in place for fur­ther work.”

Do­minic Sal­ter

Con­rad Ru­bin on the bridge with his tod­dler Char­lie

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