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No compensation for businesses ahead of Bexley bridge closure

PUBLISHED: 12:02 07 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:02 07 December 2015

Bexley Village bridge

Bexley Village bridge

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Work begins on the bridge on January 7

Businesses in Bexley Village have been given a leaflet by Bexley Council to calm fears ahead of seven months of traffic disruption next year.

The disruption comes as work is put in place to replace the bridge at the Old Mill site, with a stronger and slightly wider one.

Much of the work on the bridge is on the foundations, with work also needed to divert gas, water and electricity supplies.

The leaflet, distributed to businesses in the area, explains financial compensation cannot be obtained if they feel the closure has effected business, but can apply for a business rate rebate.

Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for traffic and transport said: “I can assure local people that the decision to replace the bridge has not been taken lightly. It is essential that we invest in this critical infrastructure, so that the Village can continue to thrive in the future.

“I completely understand the anxiety and concerns of local businesses and residents. The Village will be open throughout the work and I would encourage people to continue to support their local businesses.

“Those who currently drive through it as part of their onward journey should take a different route. This will help minimise congestion for those who use the Village.

“A great deal of thought has gone into the construction project and we are doing all we can to mitigate any disruption. There is never a good time to replace the bridge.

“The project is large and complex and I accept that the Council can’t please everyone all of the time, but the possible consequences of not replacing it now, simply do not bear thinking about.”

The road will be fully closed for five weeks between February and March, with northbound traffic diverted until July.

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