This morning, Nigel Adams MP hosted a Minister from the Department for Transport in Tadcaster to review the situation following the flooding and discuss how best to quickly provide relief for residents. Following that visit, Nigel made the following statement about efforts to provide a temporary footbridge:
“The decision by Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery not to grant permission for a temporary footbridge across the Wharfe on their land adjacent to Sainsbury’s is outrageous and completely contrary to the community spirit shown by town residents and businesses since the Boxing Day flooding.
This morning I met with the government’s Flood Envoy, Robert Goodwill MP in Tadcaster. He is of the same opinion as me that the Brewery owner should immediately reconsider his position and allow the construction of the footbridge, which is so badly needed by residents and traders to reconnect the town.
Alternative positioning of the footbridge is being actively considered now to ascertain whether a different location is feasible given the size of the structure. Additionally, every legal avenue is being examined to see whether the initial desired location can still be utilised, despite the landowner’s unwillingness to cooperate.
The government has acted speedily since Boxing Day to support flood victims, including the announcement of £3.3m funding for Tadcaster Bridge and a temporary footbridge. It is, in my view, an extraordinary decision for one individual to unilaterally decide that this assistance is not a good use of taxpayer’s money. I’m sure that many people in the town will share that view.”