Update from the Castle

Monmouth Town Council/To whom it may concern,

Members of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) have made temporary repairs to Tibbs Bridge in Monmouth.  Fencing has been fitted either side of the steps on the Vauxhall side of the bridge.  This being to reduce the possibility of falls on to the adjacent barbed wire fences.

The land owner, a sub-contractor of the Ministry of Defence, has been consulted over the damage and temporary repairs.  It is the contractors decision to deem the level of safety of Tibbs Bridge. The Regiment awaits a response, but it could be decided that the Bridge needs to be shut until such time a permanent repair is made.

The repairs have been made with minimal available resource, but are relatively steadfast.  The gates are now open, however as a reminder;  There is no liability for the Ministry of Defence to provide a safe means of passage across the River Monnow at Tibbs Bridge for the Public.  As such the Ministry of Defence accepts no liability or responsibility for any injuries or loss of life resulting from members of the public utilising Tibbs Bridge.  Members of the Public are advised not to use the bridge until permanent repairs are made.

As alluded to in the previous message, this is the second bout of damage inflicted upon the bridge in 2 months.  The temporary repairs have been executed by Service Personnel whom are not responsible for the upkeep of the Bridge and have taken their time to render the abutment in to a safer state.  Should the temporary repairs be subject to any further criminal damage whilst we await physical consultation with the contractor, then the bridge will be re-locked and fenced off completely from public use.

Regimental Sergeant Major

Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)


Statement from the Castle

Members of Monmouth Town Council/to whom it may concern,

Today I have been informed of and viewed criminal damage to the wing walls and abutments of Tibbs Bridge that crosses the River Monnow to Vauxhall Fields.  This is the second, recent bout, of vandalism reported on the Bridge in the last 2 months.

The damage sustained in this recent attack has now fully removed the wing walls that were constructed with hardened concrete blocks.  In doing so, the stairs to the bridge are now completely exposed to a fall either side onto a barbed wire fence.  This is considerable damage that will require a re-design of the wing walls and subsequent construction to allow for safe passage.

Regretfully and due to the potential for injuries due to slips and falls, Tibbs Bridge will be locked and fenced until such time repairs can be both funded and executed.  Access to the Bridge and passage over the River Monnow, at this crossing point, will be prohibited to the Public until such time that it is deemed safe to do so.

Please be aware that the Bridge is owned and maintained by the MOD.  Liability for passage is for personnel within the MOD only.  There is no liability or requirement to allow passage for the Public over Tibbs Bridge. As such, the priority of repair will be governed externally from the Regiment.

Access to Vauxhall Fields can still be gained on foot by Inglis Bridge and vehicular by Rockfield Lane.  I ask the people of Monmouth, who will be negatively impacted by this action, to remain patient.  Repairs will take some time to contract given the monetary value of the damage caused. 

Regimental Sergeant Major

Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)

Yesterday was the Mayor's Civic Service and he chose to celebrate local volunteers and groups with many being in attendance at the service. All the best to Cllr Roden for his Mayoral year.

It was also our new Town Clerk's first opportunity to wear her robes and wig. I'm sure we can all agree that Dee looks brilliant even with the lovely hot sunshine making it a very warm day ☀

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