Plans lodged to make River Aln footbridge linking Lesbury and Hipsburn wheelchair accessible

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Plans have been lodged to make a footbridge over the River Aln accessible for all.

Lesbury Wynding Footbridge, commonly known as the Steppey Lane bridge, links the village with Hipsburn.

However, a series of steps currently make it inaccessible to wheelchair users and difficult for prams and pushchairs.

The nearest diversion is 1.2 miles long.

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The Steppey Lane bridge over the River Aln. Picture: Lauren CoulsonThe Steppey Lane bridge over the River Aln. Picture: Lauren Coulson
The Steppey Lane bridge over the River Aln. Picture: Lauren Coulson

A planning application seeking permission to create a ramped access to the bridge has been submitted by Northumberland County Council.

“This will eliminate the long diversion route if residents are unable to negotiate the steps,” notes a planning report. “This scheme is required in order to deliver on the request of the locals for a footbridge that is accessible for all.”

Lesbury Parish Council has made no objection.

Local resident Robert Bland, in a letter of support, adds: “This long-awaited project is welcome, as it will provide a much needed improvement to the River Aln crossing.”

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