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Love padlocks are torn from bridge

Mixed views at council action for 'health and safety reasons'

Charlotte Booth

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Love padlocks are torn from bridge

THE so-called love padlocks were removed from Park Way bridge in Newbury town centre on Saturday.

The love padlock craze started in the early 2000s with a lock attached to a bridge or other monument symbolising an unbreakable love.

The key is traditionally thrown into the water. 

West Berkshire Council made the decision to remove the locks partially for health and safety reasons. 

Spokeswoman Peta Stoddart-Crompton said: “The padlocks were removed from the bridge as part of the routine maintenance programme. 

“There were a significant number of padlocks, which, left unchecked, could potentially cause damage to the bridge, rendering it unsafe and clearly, safety is a priority.

“Also, the council had received complaints from members of the public who had injured themselves on the locks and this reinforced the need to remove them as part of the safety and maintenance works.”

There was a mixed reaction to the removal from the Newburytoday Facebook Page. 

Annabel Young wrote: “Didn’t think it would be long before they spoilt a bit of harmless fun.”

Vicky Hensley disagreed, saying: “Yes, I agree that at the minute the added weight will not be enough to cause structural damage ... But eventually more of them will... 

“Yes it’s sweet, yes it’s romatic... But seriously, those saying it’s upsetting and devastating to those couples who have done it... if you need a padlock locked to a bridge to show your love for someone or to actually represent your love... Then you need to take a look at yourself.”

Veronika Kadrnkova said: “It’s not doing anyone any harm forpadlocks to be there, it’s a nice character.

“If we are paying for this then [the council] are wasting our funds which could be used elsewhere.”

In 2014, the Pont des Arts bridge over the River Seine in Paris collapsed due to the weight on the number of locks attached to it. 

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  • NoisyNortherner

    14/06/2019 - 13:01

    What kind of melon do you have to be to injure yourself on a padlock attached to a bridge?

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  • NewburyLad

    14/06/2019 - 11:11

    They're not "torn" from the bridge, they are cut away from the bridge. However, well done, a clean up was long overdue. These padlocks look a mess, and are childish and completely unnecessary.

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    • Bombey

      14/06/2019 - 11:11

      Yes no fun in TORYTOWN...

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      • NewburyLad

        14/06/2019 - 12:12

        Plenty of places to have fun in "torytown" (how old are you? 5?) Padlocking rusty junk to a bridge isn't "having fun".

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        • Greenberet

          14/06/2019 - 13:01

          Romance is dead then. You must lead a lonely life. Mine and my wife’s padlock is in Rome next to the Colosseum, where we revisit it each year, never gets boring, Italy is such a lovely country

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        • NewburyLad

          14/06/2019 - 16:04

          I don't actually, but thanks for your concern. At least I can lead a happy life without the need to pollute the area , and yes, Italy is a lovely country as is Rome a great city.

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        • Bombey

          14/06/2019 - 13:01

          Plenty of places? Apart from The Hatchet, where?

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        • anorak

          14/06/2019 - 13:01

          I have no issue with The Hatchet; it's probably the best Wetherspoon's that I have ever been in. However, you're being incredibly short-sighted if you don't think that there is anywhere else in town to socialise. Newbury is an incredibly lively place for its size in the evenings.

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        • Bombey

          15/06/2019 - 19:07

          you're kidding yourself. Newbury has the Hatchet & then a dozen boozers which try & claim some kind of niche by charging £5 a pint. No music venue, no comedy club, no jazz lounge. nowt but boozers. Eating out - great if you like Italian, or want a curry. Henry & Joe - last outpost - if you can afford it.

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  • I have no name

    14/06/2019 - 10:10

    "In 2014, the Pont des Arts bridge over the River Seine in Paris collapsed due to the weight on the number of locks attached to it." Oh FFS, Come on! A few panels collapsed, not the whole bridge!!

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