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Sign disappears from Shalford footbridge

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Sign disappears from Shalford footbridge

Published at 6:01am 5th April 2018.

A sign recognising work to replace a footbridge in Shalford has disappeared.

The sign which read "Cecilia's Bridge" appeared anonymously earlier this year following the reopening of the bridge in December.

Having been damaged during rail engineering work in September 2014, it took more than three years of persistence and a combined effort from the local community, parish council, as well as Anne Milton MP for it to be reinstated.

The sentiment of the sign was to acknowledge Cecilia Taylor, who initially launched a petition to reopen the bridge that links two parts of the village along a public footpath.

The lack of bridge meant that a journey of a few hundred feet had to be redirected via the narrow pavement along the A281, becoming nearly half a mile, or via the station which was also considerably longer and involved more steps.

Her petition called on those affected by the lack of bridge to respond, it received more than 500 signatures.

Cecilia's Bridge

On learning of the sign, Cecilia said: "It should have said Shalford Community Bridge to be fair, my name is representative of everybody who signed that petition.

"It was really sweet, I was bowled over, I had a little tear in my eye when I saw it because I was super passionate about it."

Explaining why she got so involved, she added: "This bridge, it did upset me, I think because I actually spoke to people in the streets and I saw how upset they were and how it changed their life not having a bridge.

"I think there was a disconnect where Network Rail couldn’t see the real story, the sadness behind the loss of that bridge.

"They just thought ‘they’ve got two other bridges’, but no it was, excuse the cliché, a bridge too far."

Cecilia's Bridge

A paper sign has now appeared in place of the original.

Cecilia described the loss of the sign as disappointing, she said: "It’s really sad these people who destroyed, vandalised that sign because they weren’t just having a go at me – they were having a go at everybody who worked hard.

"Maybe they don’t even know the story behind getting that bridge back up."

Cecilia's Bridge

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