A FOOTBRIDGE is to be replaced, more than two years after it was closed.
The community bridge at Armitage Bridge, pictured, had to be closed in November 2003 after fears were expressed about its safety.
The first bridge on the site was built in 1848 by the Brooke family.
It helped millworkers and local people to get from Armitage Bridge Road across the River Holme to St Paul's Church.
That bridge was washed away in 1931, when the river flooded.
It was rebuilt in 1932, but when the river bank collapsed in the 1960s the bridge fell into the river. It was then repaired.
St Paul's Church Council has now applied to Kirklees Council for conservation area consent to replace the bridge.
This was granted and it is hoped the traditional-style bridge will be completed within the next couple of months.
It will cost about £15,000.
The bridge has been sponsored by Bernard Lockley, in memory of his wife, Marlene.
Other cash has come the Urban Regeneration Fund with the support of the Green Party, Armitage Bridge Village Association and residents.