County council set to remove ‘detrimental lovelocks’ from St Botolph’s Bridge

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge
Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

‘Love locks’ hung on the new St Botolph’s Bridge, in Boston, are set to be removed by Lincolnshire County Council next week, after reports rust was causing damage to the structure.

The padlocks, which people have taken to hanging on the cables on the bridge to express their love for one another, will be taken off on Tuesday to prevent further damage.

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

A spokesman said: ““Since St Botolphs’s Bridge opened in Boston, some people have put padlocks, or ‘love locks’ on the bridge.

“Unfortunately some are starting to rust and are becoming detrimental to the stainless steel cables which form part of the bridge.

“It has become necessary to take them off to prevent further damage.

Tuesday will also be the first anniversary of the final completion of the bridge.

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

They said that if anyone wants their padlock they can contact the reception at Municipal Buildings, on West Street, where they will be held for collection from May 20 for a period of 21 days.

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge

Love locks on Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge