Thursday, September 17, 2009

Protesters unite to save historic bridge

Leicester, UK

About 250 protesters gathered at Bede Park in Leicester on Saturday 12 September to protest against the proposed demolition of the Bowstring Bridge. Many insisted that while the bridge was still standing they would not give up their fight or relinquish hope.

Campaigner Lee Mullen set up a Facebook group opposing the demolition of the bridge, and the neighbouring Pump and Tap pub, which has been joined by 3,000 people.

Mr Mullen has distributed leaflets encouraging people to email city council leader Ross Willmott and cabinet member for regeneration Patrick Kitterick to tell the councillors why they believed the demolition should not go ahead.

Demolition of the landmark is due to begin on or about Monday, September 21. Many described the plans – which will allow for a new De Montfort University sports centre – as "cultural vandalism" and said they believed other alternatives had not been given enough consideration.

Laura Elvin, 22, who lives nearby in Wilberforce Road, said: "There are areas in the city that are derelict, disused and ugly – why knock down something that actually gives character to the area?"

Leicester Mercury

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