RIVERSDALE Swing Bridge campaigners are demanding a public inquiry - and say that if the Government denies them one, they will hold their own.
Ron Yarwood, of the Riversdale Bridge Volunteer Group, says an inquiry should be held into why the bridge connecting Northwich and Castle over the River Dane has remained closed since being shut for safety reasons in November 2004.
He contacted Mike Hall MP to find out how to force a Government inquiry and has now received the necessary documents. He said: 'We believe the bridge could and should be open and we are amazed that it is not. We think that people have been grossly misled over the issue. We have agreed to compile a full document on the events of the last two years and we hope the Government will respond to it.
'But we fear it will not, in which case we will hold our own inquiry to which we will invite the public in the New Year.'
The group, which contains many former British Waterways employ-ees, had offered to carry out repair work on the bridge themselves for free. Now it has rescinded that offer with Mr Yarwood saying: 'We can have no faith in British Waterway's management.
'It is glaringly obvious that it cannot cope with a voluntary offer bigger than clearing rubbish from its towpaths.'
Moves to open the bridge are ongoing, with a bid for a Restoration-style TV show for finance expected next year.