Building a bridge between villages

Codnor Park Bridge Campaign. Front Andy Cadman (Codnor Park Action Group) left and Martin Taylor-Cockayne (Jacksdale Heritage Group Chairman) flanked by fellow campaigners.
Codnor Park Bridge Campaign. Front Andy Cadman (Codnor Park Action Group) left and Martin Taylor-Cockayne (Jacksdale Heritage Group Chairman) flanked by fellow campaigners.

TWO ACTION groups have joined forces to restore a bridge linking Codnor Park and Jacksdale.

Codnor Park Action Group (CPAG) and the JACHs (Jacksdale Area Culture and Heritage) group have started a petition calling for the “promised and much-needed link” across the Cromford Canal, known locally as the “old iron bridge”.

Chairman Andy Cadman said: “Ten feet of water have prevented many residents from Codnor Park accessing the facilities in Jacksdale and residents from Jacksdale are prevented from accessing the wonderful walks and open spaces of Codnor Park. It is an absolute travesty that these two communities cannot share each others’ facilities when they are so close, all because of the lack of a bridge.”

CPAG is also calling for a bus service to cater for the “enlarged community” created by new homes in the area and now has the backing of the parish council. They can be contacted at codnorparkactiongroup@yahoo.co.uk

JACHS have been unearthing many previously unknown pieces of historical information regarding the development of early railways in the area through their Portland Path Project. Chairman Martyn Taylor-Cockayne said: “We feel the time is now right to recognise the importance and significance of re-instating this bridge from a historical sense, as well as the social, economic and vital community link it would provide.”

The ‘Bailey Style Bridge’ was built in 1943 by the Butterley Company and demolished in 1998. A county council spokesperson said: “The bridge was not a public right of way so any project to replace it would be a new initiative rather than the reinstatement of an existing right of way. We’re currently exploring potential sources of funding for such a project.”

Petitions are available to sign at Ironville Post Office, Codnor Park Social Club, MCM Estate Agents. An e-petition to bring back the Codnor Park & Ironville Bridge can be signed at http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/bring-back-the-jacksdale-codnor-park-iron-bridge/4400

An information stand about the bridge will be displayed on Soldier’s Day, at Jacksdale Welfare, on Sunday June 3.