Enough sunshine today (Wednesday) to start drying out the puddles and mud patches on the cycleway/footpath along the bank of the River Avon going out towards the Windsor Bridge. It is such a joy as a cyclist to avoid the road traffic and travel a route with real interest.
Sad to see preparations are well underway – with the stripping back of vegetation – towards the dismantling of the old Destructor Bridge across the river.
I know it is going to be replaced with a bigger and better means of crossing for people, bikes and vehicles but it is still depressing to see all the bankside growth now stripped away to await the machinery that will take this old stalwart crossing apart.
I am still hopeful that the decorative scroll ends facing the Upper Bristol Road side will be saved to be used elsewhere as a bit of a memorial to this old structure.
On the other side of the river at Western Riverside another apartment block is taking shape – dwarfed by the frame of the last gasometer still proudly standing on the site of the old gasworks.
It too will fall this year and the skyline will be ‘robbed’ of another piece of industrial history.