Calls for action over Swansea's 'at risk' Roman Bridge
A SWANSEA councillor is calling for action to save an historic "at-risk" footbridge.
The grade two listed Roman Bridge, which crosses the Clyne River in Blackpill, and was built more than 200 years ago, but has seen better days.
Earlier this year campaigners met to discuss the future of the structure, amidst concerns about its condition.
Now Mayals Tory ward member, Linda Tyler-Lloyd, has said local residents want to see something being done.
She said: "I understand people getting frustrated with listed buildings like the Roman Bridge falling into decay. In Blackpill, we have had enthusiastic support from cabinet members and local organisations in our attempts to restore the area around the Roman Bridge to the beauty spot it used to be but have come up against red tape.
"We are still working with all interested parties to save our bridge."
Those sentiments were echoed by Conservative AM for South Wales West, Suzy Davies.
She said: "It's incredibly sad to see the bridge in this state after so many local volunteers have been helping to clear it up over the years. It would be a really interesting addition to what Swansea has to offer locals and tourists."
The Swansea Civic Society said it was keen to see the area around the bridge improved, adding picnic tables and linking it to Clyne Valley Country Park. Following the residents' meeting in March, Swansea Council said it was awaiting the results of an assessment of the bridge and the cost of possible remedial works.
The Roman Bridge is one of two dozen publicly owned buildings and structures in the county deemed to be "at risk" because of their poor condition including Scotts Pit in Birchgrove, the Bascule Bridge in Morfa, the Observatory in Penllergaer and the former Hafod copperworks site.