A bridge over the River Tavy, which provides a vital link for residents on the Bere peninsula, has been closed after traffic damage on Thursday last week.

The bridge was only recently closed at the end of February for three weeks for repairs after traffic damage.

A Devon County Council spokesperson said this week: “In order to carry out the repair to the bridge, specialist cantilever scaffolding will be required which is time consuming to assemble and remove. We’re planning to undertake the repairs as soon as possible and hope to re-open the road by the end of May. We’re still appealing for information about the vehicle which caused the damage.”

Resident Chris Smart said: “The community of the Bere Peninsula are in utter disbelief, especially as the likelihood of further closure of this vital route looms over us. The local authority must surely now act with urgency to implement long-term and effective preventative measures”.