River Hull footbridge saga has more twist and turns than Coronation Street
Exactly six months ago, I stood on the deck of the new £7m footbridge over the River Hull as it swung across the muddy brown water underneath.
I was there for a visit from Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which had inherited the project from the abolished Yorkshire Forward.
Even then, officials were noticeably twitchy when asked about an opening date for the crossing.
A possible low-key opening date in October was mentioned in passing but never confirmed.
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Having followed the project since its inception in 2005, I wasn't surprised.
There have been more twists and turns in this particular saga than a Coronation Street DVD box set.
Hindsight is wonderful thing but proposed riverside developments, which were meant to be linked to the bridge, have come and gone.
Regeneration agencies and governments have also come and gone.
Even Pat Ritchie has come and gone, resigning from the HCA last November to take up a new council job in Newcastle.
At least two years behind schedule, I'm told the bridge is still experiencing technical teething problems associated with its complicated design.
Instead of opting for a simple lifting structure, bosses at the former Citybuild agency went for the most technically complex – and expensive – option following a design competition.
Eight years on, we're still waiting for an opening date, although next month is now being mentioned as a possibility.
I forecast it will take at least another eight years for the onboard shop/café unit to be occupied.
Personally, I think the look of the bridge is pretty cool but the £7m spent on it surely could have been put to better use.
• TOP cop Rick Proctor was disarmingly honest at a recent council scrutiny meeting.
Hull's divisional commander was talking about the imminent arrival of Justine Curran as the force's first female chief constable.
"I have met her three times and have been very impressed," he told councillors.
"I think she will bring something unique to the role because females tend to be more consultative, whereas us men tend to go into tank commander mode and charge off in one direction without sometimes thinking too clearly what we are doing."