The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Councillor wants subscription for users of historic bridge
A councillor is asking users of a historic Perthshire bridge to pay an annual subscription to ensure its future.
The Logierait Bridge celebrated its 150th anniversary on Saturday, but Councillor Kate Howie, one of the representatives of the Highland ward, told The Courier she feels some vehicle owners are “freeloaders” and are not contributing to help the bridge.
She said: “Twenty years ago the railway bridge at Logierait was a dilapidated wreck. The railway had closed in the Sixties.
“By 1991, holes were beginning to appear on the running surface and rust was everywhere, In 1994, Kinnaird Estate gifted the derelict bridge to the community.
“By 2001, the Logierait Bridge Company had raised £450,000 and the following year the bridge was totally refurbished and reopened.”
She added: “There are around 200 vehicles using the bridge per day.
“So far this scheme has worked well, but it depends entirely on honesty and a sense of community. Some local firms and individuals use the bridge regularly but don’t subscribe.”