Thursday, 31 January 2008

Press Release, Torbay Council 31 Jan 2008

Work progresses well at Rock Walk - 31 January


Improvement works at Rock Walk are progressing well and will continue throughout the day despite the recent turn in the weather.
It has been full steam ahead for those involved in the project over the last few days and five of the larger trees from the top of Rock Walk have already been removed weighing in excess of 28 tonnes.
But today's rain and 50mph winds on Torquay's harbourside have not dampened spirits and work will continue removing scrub and some of the smaller trees at lower levels until the winds subside.
Cabinet Member Councillor Chris Lewis said: "Those visiting the harbourside in the last few days will have seen for themselves the complexity and potential dangers of the work being carried out. Climbers have been working in the trees more than 65 metres above the road and the crane itself reaches around 70 metres.
"Needless to say this cannot continue during high winds and work has continued this morning on the lower levels of the rock face instead with half of the scrub cleared already.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank those working tireleseely on site to ensure that it is completed as quickly as possible and to local businesses and residents for their patience whilst we carry out this essential work. I am sure that the benefits gained by improving the look and safety of the area will far outweigh the short-term inconvenience."

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Notes about the blog. Updated 08 March 2008

Not much is happening at Rock Work now. All the work clearing the trees has been done. A barrier has been erected to prevent rock falls from reaching the road. Now we wait for the geological survey in May to see what can be done to fix the rocks in place.
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