Another interesting development for the brewery as wellhttp://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14205782.Pub_to_boycott_Sam_Smith_s_because_of_Tadcaster_bridge_refusal/?ref=fbshr
Definitely an interesting video and at least someone has a sense of humor about it in Tadcaster
Another news update from NYCC
County Council moves forward on #Tadcaster Bridge
After days of negotiation and looking for all options to put a temporary footbridge over the River Wharfe at Tadcaster, North Yorkshire County Council is proposing a solution today with the help of the town's football club, Tadcaster Albion.
The County Council has been working with Tadcaster Town Council, Selby District Council and Nigel Adams MP to find a solution for putting a footbridge over the river at Tadcaster after the collapse of the town's main bridge due to flooding after Christmas.
Since the County Council was advised by Sam Smiths Old Brewery that the company would not allow the use of their land to build a temporary footway, the council has been urgently looking for an alternative solution given the weight of feeling in the community that a temporary footbridge should be provided.
Now, with the help of Tadcaster Albion, the council believes it has found a good alternative solution.
The county council's new proposal therefore, is to build a temporary footbridge downstream of the existing bridge.
This will be accessed from Selby District car park on the east side and lead on to Town Council land on the west. The access path will then lead through Tadcaster Albion's car park. This will provide a disabled access route. However there is an alternative route directly onto Bridge Street for the more able bodied.
County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member and Member for Tadcaster, said: "North Yorkshire County Council would like to thank Tadcaster Town Council, Selby District Council, the local MP Nigel Adams and in particular Tadcaster Albion Football Club for their support in finding a route for the community of Tadcaster to come together again.
"Past days have involved some very difficult negotiation with Sam Smith's Old Brewery, but the people of Tadcaster are wholly behind the need for a temporary footbridge while the county council's bridges specialists undertake the painstaking and highly skilled task of reconstructing the town's historic road bridge.
"We have therefore been working hard with our partners, the town and district councils and Nigel Adams MP, to find an alternative solution to building the footbridge on brewery land, especially when it became clear that the Sam Smith's Old Brewery was not prepared to help the town out during this crisis.
"I, along with County Council officers met 100 local business people last week at which they were extremely keen to see a footbridge go in downstream as they felt this would be the most effective way to support local shops. We listened hard to what they were saying and are delighted that we have now been able to respond positively.
"The county council is extremely grateful for everybody's very hard work and for the great community spirit of the town and we are especially grateful to Tadcaster Albion today for enabling access through their land and therefore for an alternative site for the footbridge to be made possible."
Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, who took the plight of the town in securing a footbridge all the way to Downing Street, said: "I am delighted that a suitable site has now been confirmed to site the footbridge. The last few days have been difficult, but I cannot praise North Yorkshire County Council highly enough for delivering a solution that will reunite the town with no strings attached.
"I have been in contact with No 10 this morning to update them and the Prime Minister is also extremely pleased that a bridge will be in place within a matter of weeks."
This temporary route unfortunately requires the removal of a small number of mature trees, therefore North Yorkshire County Council will look to plant the same number of replacement trees in a suitable location to be agreed with the community.
The county council has welcomed the Government's announcement that it will provide £3m for the restoration of the bridge in Tadcaster and £300,000 to construct a temporary footbridge to serve the community while the work to the main bridge is ongoing.
County Councillor Carl Les, North Yorkshire's Leader said the aim of everybody in the community - councils, MPs, businesses and residents, is to get life in Tadcaster back to normal as quickly as possible. He said: "I commend the tremendous community spirit of the town and all who have been involved in finding this alternative solution for the temporary footbridge - especially the football club! The County Council will now make every effort to get the footbridge installed as quickly as possible."
"In the meantime we will get on with the work of reconstructing the bridge. A listed 18th century bridge of this nature, with its series of masonry arches, is a highly complex and skilled operation which the county council is best placed and has the necessary expertise to carry out. The county's bridge engineers estimate the work will take about 12 months to complete."
In the meantime the County Council has completed improvements to the footpath over the viaduct in Tadcaster in order to maintain pedestrian access across the River Wharfe.
The county council's contractors treated the viaduct path with road planings and installed lighting along its length in order to provide a safe and adequate footpath over the viaduct until the alternative footbridge can be built.
Also, the County Council's diving engineers are currently carrying out another survey of the bridge as the river level had fallen sufficiently for this to be carried out safely.
The divers' survey report will inform the County Council's bridges engineers of the full extent of any damage to the bridge below the water line, so the council can decide on next steps in the bridge's reconstruction.
In the meantime a shuttle bus to take passengers via the A64 from one side of the River Wharfe to the other, continues to operate.