12 May

Staveley’s New Bridge Opens Next Thursday

Staveley sees opening of new bridge close to the site of the previous bridge, hit by Storm Desmond

River Kent, near Staveley, image by Kevin Eaves (via Shutterstock).

The picturesque River Kent which burst its banks and consumed the Old Gowan Bridge in Staveley when Storm Desmond struck our county. Image by Kevin Eaves (via Shutterstock).

Storm Desmond: how could we forget the last winter? The phrase ‘eventful’ was quite an understatement due to the flooding we experienced. If you remember the news stories, Staveley was badly hit with the swollen River Kent consuming Old Gowan Bridge. This month, the people of Staveley will be seeing the opening of their new bridge.

The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, 18 May 2017, with the ribbon being cut at 1.15 pm. £500,000 has been invested in the project by Cumbria County Council. It is part of a £45 million programme to repair over 350 roads and bridges that were affected by Storm Desmond. This will be followed by a procession featuring vintage cars, the Burneside Brass Band, and an open-top bus.

On the bridge’s opening, Stephen Hall, the County Council’s Assistant Director for Highways, Transport and Fleet, said on the Cumbria Crack website: “The county council is delighted to be opening a replacement bridge which will reconnect Staveley. A huge amount of work has gone into the planning, design, construction and delivery of this project – over 8,000 worker hours in total – and the new bridge looks superb.

“The loss of Old Gowan Bridge during Storm Desmond has had a significant impact on the local community and I would like to thank people for their patience and understanding during this difficult period.”

The village’s youngest and oldest residents will cut the ribbon at 1.15 pm. For the people of Staveley, it will be a momentous day to say the least.

D and A Plumbing and Electrical Contractors, 12 May 2017.

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