A BAILDON Councillor has been told that work to repair a bridge and key pedestrian route will take place " as soon as possible."

Last month Bradford Council announced that Buck Lane Bridge, which links Thackley to Baildon could be shut for up to six months, as funding was currently not available for urgent repairs to the bridge's decking.

The route is popular with walkers and cyclists, and the closure led to widespread anger from communities either side of the bridge.

Buck Lane footbridge in Thackley 'closed down for six months' over repairs

At a meeting of the Council's Executive yesterday members approved the funding of a number of projects, including £90,000 for a new pit lift for the Alhambra and £210,000 to repair a number of bollards in Bradford city centre.

Councillor Mike Pollard (Cons, Baildon) said: "The Council proposes to spend £90,000 to install a new stage lift in the Alhambra.

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"Maybe you could do a bit of fishing in the contingency budget in respect of the refurbishment of Buck Lane Bridge, which at the moment seems more urgent than a stage lift in the theatre."

Councillor Alex Ross Shaw, Executive for Regeneration, planning and transport, said officers were looking at avenues of funding for the repairs, and when funding was found the repair works would move forward "at pace."

He added: "We'll be getting the options laid out for us soon, as this is something we want to see repaired as soon as possible."