Thursday, 11 June 2009

End in Sight ( Who are you kidding)

This item in the Herald Express came to my attention. It would appear the the work to stop rocks hitting number 12 buses has finished. Now all that needs doing is construct some walk ways and plant loads of exotic plants and that could take a year or more to complete.



Stabilisatiion work on Rock Walk completed
Monday, June 08, 2009, 09:23
THE rock stabilisation at Rock Walk should finish this week but the overall scheme will not be ready for another year.
Contractors will stay on site for a further five days to carry out small works, for example, checking clips which hold the safety nets in place and painting all protruding rock bolts as part of the £1million contract which is on budget.
Restoration work to the Terrace Gardens will begin in the third week of June and is expected to be finished a year later, depending on weather.
Work carried out during this summer will be limited to minimise noise and the movement of heavy equipment to avoid disruption to local business, residents and visitors.
The work includes rebuilding dry stone walls on the site including those around the Royal Terrace Gardens, repairing railings, installing street lighting as well as resurfacing and repair work to Rock Walk footpath. The safety barrier will remain in place until the restoration works have been completed to ensure the safety of contractors.
The main construction works will be held over until the autumn.
The final design for Rock Walk has now been changed following comments received during a public consultation in 2008.
An application for planning permission for the new restoration works will be submitted shortly.
Torbay Council hopes to hold an open day in the near future so residents and traders can examine the final design.
Subject to planning approval, there will be new lighting and pathways and work will start on a viewing platform. The bottom footpath is also being redesigned with seating bays.
All landscaping work will be carried out following completion of the main structural works.
Cabinet member Cllr Kevin Carroll said: "We're absolutely committed to restoring Rock Walk and protecting its long term future. We want to carry out this work as quickly as possible with the least amount of disruption. I would like to thank traders and residents for their patience.
"I can't wait for these plans to come to fruition, when we create a place where residents and visitors can once again visit and enjoy."

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.
After that when work starts again later in the year I will post more photos.
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