FOWLb received (15/05/19) a letter from Charles Hammond, CEO of Forth Ports in response to our pressure for answers.
Mr Hammond acknowledged the importance of the bridges to the heritage and cultural identity of Leith. From his letter we understand that Forth Ports had sought to make temporary repairs but were advised by the “statutory bodies” that temporary works would be allowed only if an application for a permanent solution was submitted in parallel. They advise they are currently engaging with specialist engineers and historic building consultants to provide suitable proposals for both of these bridges.
We can therefore take it that there will be no solution in the immediate short-term but when it happens we should expect a comprehensive and high quality outcome that should keep both bridges in use and looking good for many years.
Friends of the Water of Leith Basins will continue to push Forth Ports and find a way to have a voice for the people of Leith to ensure the final outcome satisfies FOWLb members and the local community.
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