Last ditch appeal for funds to remove hated Loxwood bridge barriers

The hated steel barriers on the canal bridge at Loxwood
The hated steel barriers on the canal bridge at Loxwood
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Hated steel barriers on a canal bridge at Loxwood could soon be removed if a last-ditch appeal by the Wey and Arun Canal Trust is supported.

A project to replace the 1.8 metres-high barriers with more visually attractive brick parapets is to cost around £60,000. But if the order for the work is not placed by March, the price could rise significantly.

The approaching deadline has led canal trust chairman Sally Schupke to appeal for ‘one last push’ to achieve the target.

“The Loxwood community and the trust have raised more than 80 per cent of the money we need,” Mrs Schupke said.

“We have planning permission and we will very shortly sign a legal agreement with West Sussex County Council.

“The not so good news is that we need to place the order by March to avoid a price increase. We are appealing to local people and supporters to help us across the finishing line.”

For full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer, January 12