Concrete bus bridge plan queried
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