RESIDENTS are angry that visitors entering Frodsham are being greeted by a decaying and rusting eyesore.
Known as 'The Gateway to Frodsham' the Sutton Weaver swing bridge has been a landmark in the town for more than 100 years.
But after years of decay residents say that the bridge, which carries traffic into Frodsham over the River Weaver, is a constant eyesore with rust forming on the structure.
Despite working on a major overhaul of the bridge for two years, owners British Waterways have revealed that they do not know when the bridge will be repaired.
Speaking to The Chronicle Mayor of Frodsham Cllr Brian Lloyd called the bridge ‘a mess’.
He added: “I honestly believed that British Waterways were going to keep the public informed.
“I think that it is appalling that this has gone on for so long and we still do not know what is going on. If they are not going to do anything they should just tell us.
“We had talk of people going down and putting a lick of paint on it themselves, but that is a ridiculous idea.
A spokesperson for British Waterways explained that structural repairs, deck and road resurfacing and painting needed to be carried out on the bridge.
“All these items are essential work to safeguard the future of this bridge however at this stage we are unable to confirm timescales.
“Our next stage is to specify the work in detail, identify the costs involved and then develop a programme.
“We would like to take the opportunity to remind people that public safety is our priority.”