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Public to get chance to view bridge designs for Crab and Winkle way in Whitstable

Proposed designs for a new Crab and Winkle way bridge.
Proposed designs for a new Crab and Winkle way bridge.

Proposed bridge design for the Crab and Winkle Way across Teynham Road looking towards Old Bridge Road.

Designs for two new bridges linking the extended Crab and Winkle cycle path are to go on display later this month.

A public exhibition at the Horsebridge Centre on Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, will allow local people to give their views on the proposed bridges crossing Old Bridge Road and Teynham Road.

The designs are going on display before planning permission is sought. The bridges would form part of a new route for pedestrians and cyclists, between the existing Crab and Winkle Way at All Saints Close and Whitstable seafront.

Planning permission was granted last September by Canterbury City Council, but construction will not begin until permission is also granted for the new bridges.

The project is a partnership between sustainable transport charity Sustrans, Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council and The Crab and Winkle Line Trust. Once complete, the multimillion-pound scheme will complete a greenway and promenade along a 12-mile stretch of coastline.

It will also connect the existing Crab and Winkle Way between Whitstable and Canterbury with the Viking Coastal Trail in Thanet and the Oyster Bay Trail between Whitstable and Reculver.

Sustrans regional director Simon Pratt hopes the public exhibition will be well attended.

He said: “This will be the first time people can come and see the new bridge plans, so we hope they take this opportunity to come and talk to the project team and give us their feedback.

“These bridges are for Whitstable so it’s important for the local people to see the proposed designs and have a say.”

After the exhibition, the designs will go on display at Whitstable Library from Monday, March 15 until Friday, March 26.

The exhibition at The Horsebridge Centre will be open from noon until 5pm on Friday, March 12, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, March 13.

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