Councillors, the Council, Sustrans and others have received regular complaints about individuals throwing stones/objects from the bridge onto passing cars. This is clearly very dangerous and could result in serious injuries – or worse.
A risk assessment of the situation has resulted in the proposal to erect a fence either side of the bridge which is tall and made with a climb-proof mesh.
In an ideal world we would prefer not to have to erect such structures, and although it will be painted green, it will be clearly visible given it’s height. We have to balance the risk of someone being seriously hurt against the visual impact of this fence – it is a solution which has been used successfully in other places.
A planning application will be necessary so members of the public will have an opportunity to make representations during this formal process, but we wish to involve as many people as possible at this early stage.
Please see letter extract from Safer Walsall Partnership below, as well as images of mesh and artist’s impression of the fence. Any early consultation responses may be sent to Karen Bateman at firstname.lastname@example.org – Direct Line: 01922 654296
Please find enclosed drawings relating to a proposed planning application that Sustrans and the Area Partnership intend to submit in the near future.
Your Area Partnership, which includes local Councillors advocating on your behalf, the Police, Walsall Council and other Agencies working together to tackle issues of local concern, were approached and tasked to investigate problems arising from misuse of the leisure path at the disused rail bridge adjacent to Station Road.
Following reports from residents and road users of dangerous activities on the bridge, Police and the ASB Team have invested many man hours attempting to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all partners to deter the young people involved from what we know local people fear could result in a fatality, we are left with no option but to look at a physical solution.
Sustrans and the Area Partnership have agreed to the installation of a 3m high barrier fence on the bridge in an attempt to safeguard vulnerable traffic and pedestrians.
We are aware that this installation, if approved would have an impact on the skyline from both approaches and before we submit our application, would like to invite your comment. As you can see from the enclosed elevation, we will attempt to mitigate impact with a mesh designed to offer best views (and least visual impact), giving us the security that we need to stop the activities while not supplying climbing opportunities.
If responses indicate a need, we will call an open meeting to discuss this proposal prior to submitting our application. If we do not receive contrary indications from this letter, we will assume that there are no objections and continue with the application for planning permission by November 2014.
Please could you let me have any comments (preferably in writing/email) by 15th October 2014
Thank you for your kind attention
Victims of Crime Officer