Images reveal how proposed new bridge in Sidmouth may look

Computer image of proposed Alma Bridge

Posted on: 12 April 2018

Devon County Council has unveiled photo-montage images of how the proposed new replacement footbridge to Alma Bridge may look.

An application for the new structure near Sidmouth seafront is due to be submitted to planners in the coming weeks.

Computer image of proposed Alma Bridge replacement

Devon County Council is finalising its plans for the bridge which is proposed to be located approximately 37 metres upstream from the existing Alma Bridge.

Residents will have the opportunity to see the computer-generated images and pre-planning drawings which will be displayed as part of to the public exhibition being held by East Devon District Council on its East Beach Beach Management Scheme. This is taking place at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, on Thursday 19 April, from 1pm to 7pm.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for bridges and local County Councillor for Sidmouth, said: “A lot of thought and effort has gone into the design of this bridge to ensure it’s accessible to all users as well as being an attractive addition to this end of the town. The plans are looking impressive and these images give everyone an idea of how it will look. The technical details of the structure are now being finalised before an application is hopefully submitted in the coming weeks.”

Councillor Tom Wright, Chairman of the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Scheme steering group, and portfolio holder for the environment at East Devon, said: “We’re pleased to see the replacement of the bridge progressing, as it will help maintain access to this important part of the coastal path, as well as to the town itself. I very much welcome the inclusion of the proposals for the new bridge in the Sidmouth Beach Management exhibition at Kennaway House on 19 April. This will provide an opportunity for all to see the proposals and comment.”

Sidmouth Town Council has helped inform the development of the plans and has been regularly updated by Devon County Council as the scheme has progressed.

Sidmouth Town Council Chairman Ian McKenzie-Edwards said: “This is a very positive step in maintaining the link with the coastal path from Sidmouth as well as future proofing it. We’re very pleased with the progress being made on the new bridge – it has a distinctive look which suits the surroundings and it will be a big plus for Sidmouth.”

The proposals, which include short sections of steep ramps to access the 19 metre main bridge span over the River Sid was recently presented to Sidmouth Town Councillors to update them on the scheme.

The County Council’s design team is currently working on the technical and aesthetic details for the new bridge.

In drawing up the plans, the County Council has also consulted with Sidmouth Town Council, the Devon Countryside Access Forum, East Devon Ramblers, Devon Public Rights of Way team, South West Coast Path team and Devon Safety Audit.

1 comment on “Images reveal how proposed new bridge in Sidmouth may look

  1. Philip Hetherington says:

    Quite an ugly structure can’t believe Sidmouth should be saddled with such awful bridge it would be more suitable for a motorway. It such a shame that Sidmouth hasn’t had a single building or structure built over the last fifty years of any merit it’s always a problem when Local Authorities are involved. Let’s have a design competition and let the ratepayers of Sidmouth choose, then leave the construction to the private sector. Just look at the mess Sidmouth Council has made of the area around Waitrose the newest housing development which has some of the worst housing in Sidmouth, this is what happens when the big developers move in and the local planning give the go ahead for sub standard homes

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