HC Deb 29 May 1935 vol 302 cc1117-8

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the unsightly girder structure erected beside the Wade bridge spanning the Tummel; whether the plans were submitted to the amenity committee appointed in connection with the power scheme; and whether he will insist upon the demolition of the girder bridge and the carrying out of the original plan for a new road-bridge further down stream?


The bridge referred to by my hon. Friend is a temporary structure erected by the power company solely for the purpose of conveying heavy plant and machinery to the Tummel Bridge Power Station during construction. I am unable to say whether the local amenity committee were consulted prior to the erection of the bridge. I have no powers to require the demolition of the bridge,- but I assume that it will be dismantled as soon as the power station is completed. The construction of a new bridge is primarily a matter for the highway authority concerned.


Can the Minister give an assurance that as early as possible he will try to insist that this disfigurement shall be taken away from what is one of the beauty spots of Scotland?


I think that my answer covers that point. The structure is only a temporary structure for a particular purpose.