Con­crete bus bridge plan queried

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A PRO­POSAL to build a mas­sive con­crete sin­gle lane bus lane bridge over an his­toric beauty spot will be con­sid­ered un­der na­tional and lo­cal devel­op­ment plan poli­cies.

A mem­ber of the pub­lic, Tamzin Mor­phy, wanted to know “if the coun­cil will con­tinue to pro­tect the Read­ing East river­side for the fore­see­able fu­ture”. She was not present to ask her ques­tion so re­ceived a writ­ten re­ply.

This made ref­er­ence to the re­cent plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the bridge which would be a “con­crete bridge struc­ture sup­ported by con­crete columns, steel beams”.

The coun­cil said that “con­sul­ta­tion and pub­lic­ity for this ap­pli­ca­tion has re­cently been un­der­taken in ac­cor­dance with statu­tory re­quire­ments” and that Core Strat­egy poli­cies, known as CP1, CP3 and CP11 “will be taken into ac­count”.

The re­ply added: “Also of rel­e­vance is Core Strat­egy pol­icy CP10 and point 10 which re­lates to high qual­ity ex­press bus ser­vices or mass rapid tran­sit along the A4 and A329 cor­ri­dors.

“The coun­cil will make a bal­anced de­ci­sion tak­ing all rel­e­vant poli­cies and other ma­te­rial con­sid­er­a­tions and rep­re­sen­ta­tion into ac­count in the de­ter­mi­na­tion of this ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Read­ing Bor­ough Coun­cil is be­hind the pro­pos­als to turn the land into a con­crete bridge, and protesters say that more than 700 trees will be felled and numer­ous species will be at risk as a re­sult.

The area, which is well used by the lo­cal com­mu­nity, is also home to geese and ducks. The pro­posed bus lane bridge would be built next to two his­toric bridges de­signed and built by rail­way pi­o­neer Brunel.

Read­ing Bor­ough Coun­cil wants Wok­ing­ham to ap­prove a mas­sive con­crete bridge over the his­toric Ken­net­mouth, where the Thames and Ken­net and Avon canal meet

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