Bridge pledge over new-home development

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A BUILDING company boss has given an assurance that a bridge to be built over the River Don to a large new housing estate will be given top priority when the scheme starts.

Alastair Sykes, land director to Bloor Homes, gave the assurance to Stocksbridge Town Council after outlining the latest situation on his company’s plans for building a 370-home estate on land next to the river at Deepcar.

The bridge will provide access to the site from Manchester Road but rumours had circulated in Deepcar that the bridge had low priority.

There were also fears that site traffic and residents on the new development would also be using Station Road, Deepcar, creating congestion and danger. But Mr Sykes stressed there was no truth in the rumours and that the bridge would be built as soon as possible when work started on the development.

He said: “We will only be using Station Road for site traffic when work starts and the bridge will be for residents on the new development. We want to build the bridge as soon as possible because this will be the best access to the site and it will also be the most attractive approach to it rather than using Station Road.”

Coun Jack Clarkson said: “This is very reassuring because there had been concern about the possibility of all these extra cars using Station Road which is not suitable for such a large volume of traffic.”