CAMPAIGNERS who warned the demolition of a low bridge would lead to flooding say they have been proved right.
Derbyshire County Council decided to knock down the 19th century bridge on the A610 at Sawmills, near Ambergate, after it was repeatedly struck by lorries.
The bridge at Sawmills was demolished by Derbyshire County Council for safety reasons because lorries became stuck under it. Local campaigners said the bridge was an important piece of industrial heritage.
Residents who opposed the move said the concrete base of the bridge contained drainage pipes and that flooding would occur if the structure was removed.
The county council denied such a drainage system existed within the bridge and carried out the demolition last month.
But during Wednesday’s rain, water could be seen pouring down from the edge of where the 4.19 metre-high bridge once stood.
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the county council denied that the authority had been proved wrong on the matter.
The spokeswoman added that the authority was looking at ways to prevent the stretch of road flooding in the future.
Councillor Simon Spencer, the county council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for highways, said at the time that the authority had tried to appreciate such concerns but said the demolition would go ahead for reasons of road safety because the bridge had a long history of accidents.
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