Bridge battle appeal is lost
Campaigners have lost their battle to stop a Victorian railway bridge being demolished.
Six local organisations and more than 6,000 petitioners had tried to block Leicester City Council's move to demolish the Bowstring Bridge in the city's West End.
At Leicester Magistrates' Court today, the authority cleared the last hurdle to demolition by securing a district judge's permission to close the right of way over the bridge, which has been closed to the public for the last eight years for safety reasons.
With the bridge gone, De Montfort University will be free to build a £6 million swimming pool and sports centre on the site.
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The development is also expected to include the demolition of the popular Pump and Tap pub, on Duns Lane, which stands on university land.
Commenting on the three-day court hearing, Stuart Bailey, of Leicester Civic Society, said: "It was a damn close run thing. I think it's scandalous the city council is prepared to play fast and loose with the city's heritage."