‘Love locks’ removed over rust concerns

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, were set to be removed by Lincolnshire County Council yesterday (Tuesday), 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, were removed ‘to prevent further damage’.

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.

Lincolnshire County Council Spokesman

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 was also the first anniversary of the final completion of the bridge.

The council says 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 today (Wednesday) for a period of 21 days.

There was a mixed reaction on social media in response to the story, with some applauding the council for dealing with ‘vandalism’ and others criticising those wanting them removed as ‘miserable’.

On Facebook, Andrew Blackamore said: “Those rusting lumps could easily catch a hand and infect them. The design was never meant to carry them, you only have to see how much damage they have done to a bridge in Paris!”

Terry Hodgson said: “Fair play, they look a mess, far better ways to express love than a cheap padlock from Poundland.”

Charlotte Blakey said: “Boo!!!! I put one on there on my wedding day!!”

Andrew Wright said: “I say leave them on there and give the people of Boston something personal instead of taking them away. I’m sure the council of Boston could do better things to ‘improve’ this town.”