Barnard Castle new bridge studies are completed

First published in News

PROPOSALS for a suspension rope bridge over the River Tees in Barnard Castle have been passed back to a Teesdale marketing company.

Durham County Council (DCC) spent £313,000 on feasibility studies to figure out whether the idea could progress to the planning stage.

They said that the money was allocated for research into environmental, heritage and technical issues, as well as the subsequent full technical design documents.

Jeanette Armin, principal project manager at DCC, said: “As we promised, we have fully completed this work. This means the proposed bridge is now at a stage where the project could be taken forward, subject to Teesdale Marketing Limited finding the funding and resolving the land issues.

“Once they are concluded the council would be happy to continue leading on the planning process as previously outlined.

“The project has been managed in partnership with Teesdale Marketing Limited and collectively we would not wish to progress to a planning application without land discussions being fully resolved or funding being secured.”

The proposals, which are now in the hands of Teesdale Marketing Ltd, could bring around 30,000 tourists to Barnard Castle.

Teesdale Marketing was unavailable for comment.

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10:48am Fri 29 Aug 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

This fiasco has been going on since at least 2003 the only point of it continuing is to provide a income for Teesdale marketing and their hangers on.

There is absolutely no enthusiasm for this proposal in Barney we already have the marvelous Hub and the Witham Hall as example of projects that although wonderful in themselves have no prospects of long term success as there is no money to cover wages, running costs or repairs.

I am a open minded person and I like new things coming into Teesdale put there is no point being so open minded your brains fall out. Come on down get your feet on the ground and lets get back to some semblance of reality here
This fiasco has been going on since at least 2003 the only point of it continuing is to provide a income for Teesdale marketing and their hangers on. There is absolutely no enthusiasm for this proposal in Barney we already have the marvelous Hub and the Witham Hall as example of projects that although wonderful in themselves have no prospects of long term success as there is no money to cover wages, running costs or repairs. I am a open minded person and I like new things coming into Teesdale put there is no point being so open minded your brains fall out. Come on down get your feet on the ground and lets get back to some semblance of reality here OldBiddyFrom Barney
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