OUR SAY: Bridging important issues
IT IS not often I am able to run a letter as long as that from John Ibbotson in yesterday's The Daily Examiner, but I thought he had raised an issue that deserved the space.
'Ibbo' likes to write a long letter and I've had to encourage him to cut them back so we can fit them in and others can have a say too.
Sometimes, though, letters are well written and make a point that needs extra space.
I think the points made in yesterday's letter are worth further examination. They aren't just complaints from someone who doesn't like the way things are being done.
Ibbo has looked at what is planned and sets out a case why things could, and should, be different.
And while he has written about the future of three bridges in the Clarence, his main issue isn't about pylons and girders and roadway; it is about community.
He has looked at the role these bridges currently play and what might happen, and what might be lost, if the existing plans go ahead.
Development always means the things we are used to won't be the same, but it doesn't mean they have to be worse, either.
Questioning the plans that have been put forward for these bridges and the communities that use them is not just an academic exercise.
Ibbo's ideas, whether you agree with them or not, are well worth consideration.