Fight goes on to get Brockworth 'bridge of booze' removed
VILLAGE boss Jim Hunt said he will "fight" to have Brockworth's bridge of booze removed.
The parish council chairman has met with Nightjar Road residents and council chiefs to try to resolve problems in the area.
Suggestions include planting holly and prickly bushes in the area to keep the youngsters away.
All summer, young people have been gathering in a concealed hollow between Horsebere Brook and a play area, disturbing residents' sleep.
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Villagers said they ride mopeds across the bridge and gather to smoke, drink and even have sex in the bushes. A petition with more than 70 signatures has been handed to the parish council asking for the bridge to be removed.
It was originally built to bring communities together by linking the Nightjar estate to Ribble Close.
So far Tewkesbury Borough Council has refused the request, saying the bridge was part of the original planning permission of the estate.
Mr Hunt called a meeting at the bridge so bosses could see the problems with the site themselves and discuss solutions face-to-face.
A handful of residents went along to put across their case to representatives from the county and borough councils, highways and police.
A list of solutions has been drafted which includes planting holly and prickly plants in the hollow, and completely relocating the play area.
Mr Hunt said: "A lot of work is needed going forward.
"Highways have offered to put barriers up on the bridge to prevent motorbikes going down there.
"The council is still adamant they don't want it removed.
"But we haven't finished with that yet and will put as much pressure on them as we can.
"How far we will go as a council I'm not sure but I will fight it all the way I can.
"I know if I lived there I would be as angry and upset as they are.
"They get no peace at all."
Written requests will now be sent to the councils for the work to be done.