Bridge: No weight restriction needed
Hertfordshire County Council says Hawkshead Lane bridge doesnt need a weight restriction, despite evidence of cracking in the walls, the surface and the supporting pillars.
The authoritys Bridges and Contracts Unit says the damaged caused to the structure is due to a recent road traffic accident and not the weight or volume of traffic using the lane.
The humpback bridge is on the route along which traffic to the soon to be extended Royal Veterinary College is directed by signs from the M25 and A1.
Local residents have been campaigning for the traffic to be diverted and weight and width restrictions to be introduced to protect the bridge and the local environment.
A number of local residents have e-mailed this site expressing their concerns.
But in a letter to one of those residents, Mr S Minton, the technical support manager for Hertfordshire County Councils Bridges and Contracts department, says the bridge is capable of carrying up to 40 tonnes in weight.
In a letter to one local resident, the council says that an accident in January resulted in the parapet being dislodged and a crack opening up.
Bridge inspectors have visited the scene and established that no emergency action is needed. Tenders have gone out for the repair work and that work is expected to begin shortly.
The authority says there are few bridges in Hertfordshire with weight restrictions.
Environmental weight restrictions ban lorries from using the road as a cut through, but permit access for the purpose of loading or unloading at premises on or adjacent to the road, the letter continues.
The RVC has two sets of plans submitted for approval.
S6/2000/39/FP is for the erection of new college building incorporation learning resource centre, reception and administrative offices, new vehicle access and car parking at Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead House, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield.
S6/1999/778/FP is for the construction of large animal hospital, clinical and diagnostic centre, and rehabilitation centre with associated hay barn and new vehicular access onto Hawkshead Lane at Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Little Heath, Potters Bar.
It is understood that S6/2000/39/FP is likely to be approved on March 9, the next council planning meeting, because it is a development within the existing site but S6/1999/778/FP is likely to take longer to approve.
The council says it will accept representations right up to the date of a meeting, not just within the statutory minimum time from publication of the formal notice.
The North Mymms Green Belt Society's views are set out on its website
March 3, 2000
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