Bridge barriers must go

Hartburn Bridge.
Hartburn Bridge.

URGENT action is being demanded to restore a picturesque village gateway.

Calls are being made to remove unsightly barriers from Hartburn Bridge that were put up as a temporary measure after a fatal accident almost three years ago.

Hartburn parish councillors say that while safety features are needed, the barriers are an eyesore.

And now county councillor Glen Sanderson has joined the fight.

“When Hartburn was included in my county council ward, one of the first issues that people came to me with was trying to get the bridge restored,” he said.

“The concrete barriers were put up some time ago for safety reasons, which I understand, but really there are other ways of sorting this out. The parish council is getting very angry because it feels it has waited too long for progress and I agree. I know it is a complicated issue, but it is very important.

“This is a very beautiful part of Northumberland and the views of the bridge at the entrance to the village are being spoilt by these barriers. We need to find a compromise of keeping the beauty of the bridge and making sure it is safe.”

Coun Sanderson has been in talks with highways officers from Northumberland County Council about the bridge and is hopeful the problem can be resolved.

A county council spokeswoman said: “We have a design planned for the bridge, which means we will be able to maintain the look of the bridge in its original order, but using an engineering solution to make it safer for people.

“However, we are waiting for information from the utilities about the cost of diverting their cables. We will be able to make a decision about the bridge once we know the full cost of the work.”