The Lesbury Parish Council has called for improvements to the bridge over the Aln River at Steppey Lane. Photo of Colin Platt.

The Lesbury Parish Council has called for improvements to the bridge over the Aln River at Steppey Lane.

Steps are currently taking place, so the ambition is to install a ramp on both sides to make it accessible to wheelchairs, scooters and strollers.

Councilor Jean Humphrys explained, "When we consulted with the local population about the improvements they wanted us to make in the neighborhood development plan, improvements to the Steppey Lane Bridge were a priority. We thought we should try to do something about it.

"An access ramp on both sides of the bridge will allow wheelchair and mobility scooter users to cross the bridge. Nowadays, people should not have limited access to local amenities.

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"Right now, they can not negotiate the steps. Even with the help of someone, he should get out of the wheelchair / scooter and lug him from one side of the bridge to the other. Parents with strollers, bikes, etc., really have trouble getting on and off the steps. "

The bridge connects the residential neighborhoods of central Lesbury with its amenities, including the post office, church, pub, and community hall, at Hipsburn School and residential neighborhoods on Steppey Lane.

"The alternative route takes the A1068 main road, which is a busy road," said Humphrys. "The road has no pavement on one side near the millennial-style bridge, which means that pedestrians and wheelchair / scooter users must try to cross the road twice in the direction in which they are heading. "

The Northumberland County Council has recently completed a feasibility study and the ward council is awaiting further improvements. He will then establish a fundraising strategy.

However, it is estimated that the work would cost around £ 90,000. The parish council aims to contribute to costs, but will also need to raise funds from other sources and wants support from the wider community and access to grants.