manor road footbridge after

Seven footbridges over the River Weaver in Nantwich have been spruced up Cheshire East Council in a £98,000 project.

The scheme aimed to boost the network of walking routes for residents, visitors and shoppers in the town.

The Riverside Park area of Nantwich, and the wider open green space, offers a number of footpaths linking the town centre with residential areas and car parks.

Repairs were carried out and bridges painted to improve the routes for residents and visitors.

Some of the bridges had suffered from vandalism and fallen into disrepair.

Money from housing developer contributions funded the counci’s programme of works to restore the seven bridges in the Manor Road, Mill Island, Queens Drive and Brine Baths areas of the town.

Rachel Bailey (1)
Cllr Rachel Bailey

Cheshire East Council leader Cllr Rachel Bailey, said: “We are really happy with the outcome of these restorations.

“Not only do they make the area look much more attractive and safer but they have also increased access for everyone and provided more green space for local residents.”

Manor Road footbridge (pictured) and Brine Baths footbridge have undergone the biggest restoration.

Manor road before
Manor Road footbridge before the work

Handrails have been reinstalled and corroded parapet rail connections have also been replaced.

The footbridge over the weir had become almost inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Now decayed timber decking has been replaced and entry points to the bridge have been cleared so access is much easier.

The physical structures of the footbridges have been improved and surrounding areas have also been restored.

Mill Island to St Anne’s footbridge was severely overgrown and covered in graffiti.

This has now been removed, making the area more attractive to encourage greater use by pedestrians and walkers.


  1. Geoffrey Stockton says:

    Mill Island bridge has never been over grown

  2. Bridges and breathing
    I am in favour of spending money on effective measures to reduce vehicle air pollution and encourage healthy activity. In Nantwich this year so far Nitrous Oxide pollutants range from 31 to 44. measured by diffusion tubes, whose accuracy is as little as 50% (they cost £15 each) The average is 35. The legal limit is 40, so all of them could indicate the whole of Nantwich suffers. At these levels of pollution, one in a thousand people will die prematurely.
    That’s 20 Nantwich residents every year.
    Leave your car outside town and enjoy those refurbished foot bridges.

  3. Good news generally but I don’t recall the ‘Mill Island to St Anne’s footbridge’ being either overgrown or ‘covered in graffiti’. This must surely be referring to one of the other footbridges?

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