Pooh sticks herald Rickmansworth Festival

Kevin Snow06th May 2008

A new bridge has been opened in time for the Rickmansworth Festival. Straddling the River Chess, the wooden crossing connects Riverside Drive and footpaths for Rickmansworth town centre with the Grand Union Canal and the Aquadrome. The new design replaces a temporary scaffold bridge and includes ramp access for wheelchair users.

Leader of the Council, Ann Shaw, said:

"We have been keen to open the bridge in time for the Rickmansworth Festival as it will provide easy access to the event for many people, including wheelchair users. It is an excellent place to play pooh sticks.

"I'd like to also thank our partners for their tremendous support."

The works were funded by Summerleaze (£10,000), SITA (£25,000), Biffaward (£16,000), Hertfordshire County Council's Highways Department (£16,000) and Three Rivers District Council (£10,000). Groundwork Thames Valley fundraised and administered the contract on behalf of the District Council.

Stewart Pomeroy, from Groundwork Thames Valley, said:

"This bridge will improve access for Rickmansworth residents to the network of footpaths in the Colne Valley Regional Park. So now there is no excuse for not getting out to explore the countryside on your doorstep in this landscape of water, woodland and farmland."

Councillor Shaw, Paul Upward of Groundwork and Kay Fitzgerald at the bridge The bridge will form part of a new circular walk which will link the Aquadrome to Rickmansworth town centre. The bridge will also provide easier access to the Colne Valley Regional Park, a natural area of 43 square miles. Rickmansworth provides the 'northern gateway' to the regional park which includes the Colne Valley Trail.

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