As we are all aware, the Bailey Bridge is closed for essential renovation until the end of September. To help mitigate the impact, Suffolk County Council has made financing available to help local people where the temporary closure has disrupted their ability to walk or cycle between Southwold/Reydon and Walberswick for the purposes of work, caring, childcare, education, medical and/or pastoral care and family well-being. It can also be used to help local businesses with employees who would normally have used the bridge to get to work. Other special needs of individuals or businesses can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The support is temporary and limited by available funds and overall demand. In most cases, the support is through provision of a non-transferable ferry pass with a defined number of crossings. Support for taxi or other transport costs is also possible depending on specific need. The assistance is administered locally by Council representatives from Walberswick, Southwold and the County.
Anyone who would like to seek assistance should email Suffolk County Councillor for Southwold/Reydon, Michael Ladd at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name, a short explanation of need and contact details. All requests will be dealt with in no longer than a week and often more quickly.