Alma Bridge on Pennington Point at the Eastern Beach of Sidmouth is a local icon:
A delightful little foot bridge spanning the River Sid in Sidmouth, it was named after the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War and was built to connect the west side of the river with the cliff path on the east.
Alma Bridge & Abandoned Railway Tunnel - Past Remains
Sidmouth Town Website - Alma Bridge - Iconic Sidmouth Landmark
It's very much part of the townscape:
Futures Forum: Alma Bridge: "lifeline" for residents and tourists alike
The future of the bridge is very much connected with what goes on elsewhere on the shoreline:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Beach Management Plan: finalising the reports
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Beach Management Plan >>> Pennington Point >>> determining the rate of cliff erosion
Futures Forum: Pennington Point: "Let’s get on with it: I want to see the Alma Bridge happen."
This is clear from the recent discussion on Streetlife:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Beach Management Plan @ Streetlife
The project to 'do something' with the bridge goes back some time, however:
Futures Forum: 28th January 2003: "EDDC is proposing a coast protection scheme aimed at reducing the rate of cliff erosion at Pennington Point. The scheme would protect the properties located at the top of Salcombe Hill and the Alma Bridge."
Futures Forum: 23rd July 2009: "DCC supports the ‘hold the line’ policy option for continued investment in maintaining existing coastal defences to prevent flooding and erosion, and to leave undeveloped and open coast to evolve naturally."
Futures Forum: 24th April 2011: 'Popular Alma Bridge, a gateway to Salcombe Hill for a quarter of a million residents and visitors every year, is just 24 months and eight metres away from being lost forever, campaigning cliff-top residents fear'
There seems to be a need to blame someone for the delay in 'doing something':
Quango criticised for blocking Alma Bridge plans - News - Sidmouth Herald
Council calls urgent talks over cliff fears | Western Morning News
Report of discussions with Environment Agency, South West Water and EDDC June/July 2009
Meanwhile, the County Council has been carrying out a survey of the options:
Alma Bridge – new survey work to plan for the future | News centre
‘All options open’ for the future of Alma Bridge - News - Sidmouth Herald
As reported last week in the View from Sidmouth:
SIDMOUTH: Iconic bridge is under threat | Pulman's View from Colyton
One of these options has been for the bridge to move upstream - as suggested five years ago:
New ‘Alma Bridge’ feasible for Sidmouth - Environment - Eastern Daily Press
The council has now decided on this, as reported in today's Herald:
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