WHILE I agree with wasting £2 millions on a single repair/restoration, writes Brian Cavill.
I think its worth pointing out that the £1 million spend on the School House Bridge on the Montgomery (pictured) will unfortunately only result in a concrete and steel replica with a brick facade.
I suspect that its to do with it being a road bridge, so would have to conform to modern highway safety standards. I must admit I was very disappointed it was seen to be not of traditional brick construction.
When the canal finally opens it would have just joined the many others of similar traditional construction not conforming to modern standards!
Maybe, since the cost was raised mainly by voluntary contribution, a traditional build cost would have taken too long to raise.
I am sure the builders of the Montgomery replica could have built a cheaper version for cows and tractors!