Keep Kirdford and Wisborough ‘Green’ Update
Boxal Bridge Granted Listed Building Status ………
This news arrived just after last month’s deadline. So, belatedly many thanks to local residents and to three of the NE Parishes of Chichester District, namely Kirdford, Plaistow + Ifold plus Wisborough Green, all of whom objected to WSCC Highway plans to replace (read demolish) Boxal Bridge. WSCC was “inundated” with objections in the autumn when the plans became public.
On 17 January 2018, Historic England (HE) listed Boxal Bridge Grade II. According to HE guidance on Transport infrastructure (Dec 2017), “most pre-1840 bridges, where substantially intact, will warrant serious consideration for listing”. New information was provided by the Bedham Commoners in the form of an 1836 map by T.C.Lewis naming the bridge and, in addition, HE refers in its assessment to Richard Budgen’s 1724 map which shows a crossing at Boxal Brook as a ford.
The HE listing states that the bridge illustrates the development of construction across the country at a time of rapid increase in infrastructure, represented by the network of stone bridges that surround Kirdford and Wisborough Green.
This listing means that listed building consent MUST be applied for in order to make any changes to the bridge which might affect its special interest. We hope the council will now spend the time and money repairing and maintaining the bridge, as we have always accepted that the bridge does need some TLC but NOT a replacement. We also hope that the council will address the problems of the road surfaces on both sides of the bridge with the increasing number of dangerous pot holes!
Local Oil & Gas Drilling
At the Broadford Bridge Exploratory oil drilling site, flow testing is due to finish at the end of February and the company reported that they found little of interest so should restore the site by the end of June. Be warned, however, that the CEO of UKOG, Stephen Sanderson, reports that the company is looking for 2 additional sites in the area.
Jill Sutcliffe, Chair KKWG, 01403 700395 or firstname.lastname@example.org