TWO of Solihull’s Liberal councillors have launched a joint Community Initiative to get local residents helping out on small projects to improve the area where they live.
Concerned about the poor state of the footbridge across the Hatchford Brook in Olton Jubilee Park, Lyndon ward councillors Ade Adeyemo, who is also the Liberal Democrats’ Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull, and Kathryn Thomas decided it was time to take action.
Paint on the sides and handrails of the bridge was peeling off and the planks forming the base were slippery and rotting through.
They called for volunteers to help repaint the bridge – with paint and materials provided by Solihull Council.
The planks forming the walking surface needed to be replaced and following several discussions, Solihull Council agreed to appoint a contractor to replace them and apply slip-resistant paint to the walkway.
Councillor Adeyemo said: “It is wonderful to see the Olton Jubilee Park footbridge back in great condition. So many local residents use this bridge and I am pleased that we have been able to improve this landmark for everyone using Olton Jubilee Park.”
Councillor Thomas said: “Giving this bridge a bit of care and attention has been on my to-do list for about a year, so I’m really glad that we have finally made it happen. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped. It was really appreciated”.