Coultershaw bridge is rebuilt


THE boardwalk at Coultershaw washed away in the floods, on Christmas Eve a year ago, has been rebuilt by trust volunteers.

Work could not start until last March when the water level had gone down enough for the remains to be reached.

About 60 per cent of the timber and fixings were recovered and the broken structure was dismantled piece by piece.

The boardwalk has been redesigned at a higher level and with a single six metre span. It sits on two timber trestles each supported by four oak posts.

The cost of the replacement was £6,700. A total of £4,075 was received in grants and donations, principally from SDNPA, Petworth Town Council and Nick Vrijland.

The timber was sponsored by Chandlers Building Supplies at Hedge End.

Robin Wilson chairman of The Coultershaw Trust thanked volunteers for their determined efforts.

“The boardwalk – known as Chandlers Walk –was an important part of the reconstruction project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It greatly extends the heritage site and will connect to a riverside walk leading to Petworth old station and the Badgers pub. It reopens on Easter Sunday, April 5.”