asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he intends to make to Hampshire County Council to ensure that the reconstruction of Haslar Bridge will not prejudice the use of the Gunboat Yard at Haslar.
I am informed that the Hampshire County Council is proceeding with design work with a view to rebuilding Haslar Bridge to the 1911 standards only, and that it is not empowered to rebuild it to a standard which would retain the clearance of the present footbridge above water. The reprovision of the 1911 bridge would so curtail access to Haslar Gunboat Yard that it would have to close and its tasks be transferred elsewhere. We are still considering an invitation from the council to make alternative proposals for the bridge's structure. Cost is naturally a major factor.
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