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Pinchbeck bridge to have railings installed after complaints about disorder




Work to stop youths gathering on a bridge in Pinchbeck has been confirmed after complaints from people living and working nearby.

Anglian Water is to put railings up at Crossgate Bridge, off Flaxmill Lane, to "act as a deterrent" against anti-social behaviour in the area.

A start date for the work is still to be set but talks continue between the water supplier, Pinchbeck Parish Council and Lincolnshire County Council about tackling anti-social behaviour on what is also known as Flaxmill Bridge.

Anglian Water has held talks with Pinchbeck Parish Council and Lincolnshire County Council about complaints of bad behaviour on Crossgate Bridge.
Anglian Water has held talks with Pinchbeck Parish Council and Lincolnshire County Council about complaints of bad behaviour on Crossgate Bridge.

An Anglian Water spokesman said: "Following reports of people using the pipework around Crossgate Bridge to jump into the river, we are currently working with Pinchbeck Parish Council and Lincolnshire County Council to install railings to act as a deterrent.

"Our assets and pipes are there to ensure the safe supply of water to customers throughout the region and should not be used in any other way.

"Swimming in rivers and open bodies of water is extremely unsafe and we would like to remind people not to enter the water under any circumstance.

"The water may look inviting on a hot day but there are hidden dangers, currents and cold temperatures below the surface which could pose a threat to even the strongest of swimmers."

Discussions about the bridge took place at a virtual parish council meeting last Monday (June 29) when it was claimed that about 30 youths had met at Crossgate Bridge the previous week.

During the meeting, Coun Ann Savage said: "My ambition is to make the bridge safer and see whether we can provide and alternative place where young people can go, without interfering or affecting people who are trying to run a business or trying to walk their dog."


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