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Future of Cloddach Bridge in Moray at stake


By Alistair Whitfield

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More than 70 concerned residents met last night at a bridge near Birnie which is under imminent threat of being permanently closed to vehicles.

Yesterday evening's meeting took place at Cloddach Bridge whose fate is due to be discussed later today by Moray Council.

The structure has been closed to traffic since February due to safety concerns.

Council officers, who are recommending the bridge is closed, have estimated that it will cost nearly £3million to replace.

This figure was questioned by several residents who pointed out that the new bridge in Lossiemouth cost little more than half that, despite being five times as long.

Others pointed out the importance of Cloddach Bridge, which was built in 1905, as a vital link over the River Lossie.

Members of Heldon Community Council suggested that, as it is the outsides of the bridge which have weakened over the years, traffic could instead be filed down its middle.

Five councillors came along to the bridge to listen to the views of the residents.

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The Economic Development Committee will discuss the future of the bridge at its own meeting which is due to start at 9.30am today.


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