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Cilcain to Pantymwyn bridge reopens after three-month closure

A BRIDGE that caused controversy when it closed in July has been refurbished and reopened.

The Cilcain-Pantymwyn bridge, which is more than 100 years old, was demolished by Flintshire County Council, which said it needed widening and was structurally unsafe.

This was disputed by some residents, who were worried it would lead to an increase in traffic.

Some also had concerns over possible damage to the environment and the spiralling costs of the project.

However, despite protests, the demolition of the bridge went ahead and the site was closed for three months while a new bridge was built.

The new structure has retained the same width restriction as the old one, but with a marginally wider carriageway to accommodate emergency vehicles.

The overall bridge is wider in order to provide a footpath and includes bollards on either side to deter wide vehicles forcing their way over.

Chairman of the county council, Cllr Owen Thomas, who opened the bridge, said: “Much care has been made to ensure the new bridge retains as much of its original appearance, materials and features as possible while accommodating the needs of our communities.”

Cllr Adele Davies-Cooke, county council ward member for Pantymwyn and Gwernaffield, added: “I am pleased health and safety concerns about the bridge have been addressed, and that emergency services will be able to safely cross it.”

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