Riverside improvements under way on River Ancholme in Brigg
A NOTORIOUS eyesore in Brigg is being rebuilt.
Essential maintenance work to safeguard a crumbling wall on the riverbank has got under way.
The Environment Agency has been unable to rule out the possibility of the wall collapsing – and now work is taking place to remove the existing brickwork and replace it with a new wall.
The structure, which is seen by thousands of pedestrians crossing County Bridge every day, has been in a state of disrepair for many years.
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It is expected the work could take up to six weeks.
Plans are also afoot to spend the money set aside by the Tesco and Lidl development as part of planning agreement for community benefit.
This will see money spent on improving river walkways.
David Watts, project manager for the Environment Agency, said: "Repairing the wall was ruled out due to the very poor condition of the wall and any of the potential repairs were unable to give us enough confidence that the wall would not fail in the near future."
Adjoining the grade two listed County Bridge that falls within the town's conservation area, Mr Watts said work had been undertaken to make sure the new structure was in keeping.
He said: "We have worked with the planners and environmentalists at the local authority to ensure the new wall is in keeping with the surrounding area, including colour matching the existing bricks to the replacement blocks."
The work is taking place close to the County Bridge that has seen a number of improvements in recent months, with North Lincolnshire Council putting the area as a priority for work.
The work will be carried out along the western bank of the River Ancholme and will see 80 metres of wall replaced, starting at the rear of the White Hart pub on Bridge Street.
Mr Watts said rebuilding the wall using bricks, steel piles and concrete had been looked at, but installation, environmental impacts and future maintenance all proved stumbling blocks.
Town councillors have long debated about this area of the town and its upkeep, with groups campaigning to return the area to its former glory.
Ward councillors have vowed to improve the area that leads into the market place.
Bollards have been painted and the road surface has been redone in a move that was welcomed by town councillors.
Rob Waltham, chairman of the River Ancholme users group and ward councillor, said: "We hope that we will soon be in a position to access some of the money for work that was promised as part of the Lidl and Tesco development in the town and start to see work on the footways around the river."