Thursday, 28 February 2013

Bridge Repairs in Ebchester

Ebchester bridge will get resurfaced and water ingress problems will be addressed in the near future. The repairs will not be funded by Northumberland or Durham County Council but by EDF energy. The Energy Company wanted to run a cable across the bridge, community activists negotiated additional work on the 150 year old stone bridge that should help preserve the structure into the future.

This is a sensible compromise: EDF avoids the need to run a cable under the Derwent, work that would have raised environmental concerns. The community gets a resurfaced bridge with the drainage issues solved.

Energy companies are rightly criticised for putting up bills, charging the vulnerable the highest tariff and then returning massive profits to rich shareholders. Occasionally when they do the right thing it should be acknowledged.

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