Repairs to Chinese Bridge - River Tay

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Repairs to Chinese Bridge - River Tay

Post by Seedy Paddler » Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:06 pm

Message issued by SCA today :
Hi there I had a call this afternoon from John Moore’s PA, “Karen” from Taymouth Castle to advise that scaffolding is being erected today
on the Chinese Bridge on the River Tay, to effect major repairs which will last for 5 – 6 months. The scaffolding is likely to reach down to
the water level so it is an effective obstruction and hazard to navigation. If you could spread the word to river users that would be
helpful.

Any queries the number at Taymouth is 01887 830258.

Margaret Winter (Mrs),
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Re: Repairs to Chinese Bridge - River Tay

Post by Mike Dales » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:26 pm

The SCA is attemtping to find out what is happening at Chinese Bridge & as soon as we have more information we will post it here. In the meantime the best advice for anyone on this stretch of the River Tay would be to approach Chinese Bridge with extreme caution & be prepared to portage on river right. Work on a bridge like this should only be carried out after prior consultation, so it is of great concern to us that we only found out about this yesterday. As a result we have not had time to post the kind of advance warnings that we believe are necessary when access along a popular river like the Tay may be affected. I have checked with Perth & Kinross Council this afternoon & the developers responsible for the work on the bridge have not applied for a closure order, so any blockage of access on the river will be illegal.

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Re: Repairs to Chinese Bridge - River Tay

Post by Mike Dales » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:49 am

The latest information the SCA has on the work on Chinese Bridge is that the scaffolding is still being put in place & workmen on the bridge have been shouting abusive comments at paddlers passing under the bridge. If you paddle this section of river & wish to report your experience to the SCA then please send an e-mail to mike.dales@canoescotland.org & stuart.smith@canoescotland.org. If you feel that any comments from workmen on the bridge are intimidatory or abusive then don't hesitate to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.

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Re: Repairs to Chinese Bridge - River Tay

Post by Mike Dales » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:17 pm

There will be clearance under the bridge. We've just received reassurance from the contractor. Still worth approaching with caution & consider using the portage route if the water is high.

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Re: Repairs to Chinese Bridge - River Tay

Post by stuartsmith » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:25 pm

Mark French has taken a photo today of the scaffolding under the bridge http://www.canoescotland.org/LinkClick. ... 8&mid=1189. The SCA has been assured that the scaffolding will not go any lower than this. The bridge should be approached with extreme caution, especially if the river level is high (which it currently is...).
The developer has produced some notices that are currently going up warning paddlers of the works/danger and has produced a map showing the portage route which it is promised will be unimpeded. The notice/map is on the SCA site: http://www.canoescotland.org/LinkClick. ... 8&mid=1189 and further information is on the SCA Access news page http://www.canoescotland.org/access/Access.aspx
The developer has assured the SCA that construction workers have now been informed of paddlers' right to paddle the river.

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Re: Repairs to Chinese Bridge - River Tay

Post by Seedy Paddler » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:00 am

Gents

It is worth reminding padlers that the right is one of responsible access.... Effectively the bridge is now a construction site and from the photo it is clear that as yet no "Dropped Object" restraints are in place. Hence paddlers passing under the scaffold (particularly during construction) are at risk should a pole, clamp or duck-board slip.

If work is in progress on approaching it is worth considering the portage route, in much the same manner as we would look to divert around a construction site on dry land. It is also worth looking up and inspecting the scaffold before navigating as from offshore experience even well maintained and tagged scaffold can end up on the sea bottom.

Whilst we shouldn't tolerate abuse, we also have a responsibility to look out for our safety and the safety of paddlers in our care if coaching/leading. We may well shout at our kids when they do something stupid (e.g. cross the road without looking), that shout may well be a construcion worker who recognises a risk that we may be oblivious to!

With rights comes responsibility and the provision of an alternative route of passage (even across dry land) means that there is no requirement to apply for a closure and meets the requirements of the Act. Whilst we could debate the lack of notice we should use our facilities to promote responsible use and respect for landowners and alternative users etc.

Regards

CD

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