Sunday, 28 February 2010

A Couple of Notices About Rock Walk

A Bit More Scaffolding Gone Up

Well Work continues even though we haven't had the best of weather recently. We should be able to see the final walkways being built soon. Hopefully Rock Walk it's self open soon as well. Rock Walk is the name of the path that runs along the top of the cliff though the whole area has become known as Rock Walk. This path will need some rebuilding and lighting. The view across the Bay, now visable since the trees came down is spectacular.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

It Will Look Good, and be nice to see the back of the Blue Wall

Point taken Anon. Perhaps I should have been more specific
about what I meant by 'the work'. True as you say the walk ways work did only start this Jan but the work on the cliff face, that is to clear the trees did start in Jan 2008.
In a recent post I made a comment that may appear to be critical of the firm building the new walk ways up Rock Walk. I also stated that the work had started in Jan 2008. The work to clear the trees from the rock face did start in Jan 2008 which is how long this blog has been running. How ever the council then waited Until Late in 2008 to start stabilising the cliff face. This work included fitting netting to the cliff face and boring holes into which long bolts were inserted to hold the cliff together. This work was finished in the middle of 2009. Then another delay before the walk way work began in Jan 2010. The reason given for both these delays was the council did not wish work and the noise it would produce to take place during the summer season and disturb the holiday makers. This will have delayed the completion of the work by 14 months. Had work continued without these breaks then the work would have been finished 10 months ago and would have been enjoyed by the visitors who were here last summer and we, the residents plus the visitors would no longer have to look at the ugly blue wall that is protecting us all.

I know the cliff face will eventually look good when everything is finished and as someone who went up on the cliff face several time while the trees were being removed fully understand why all this work had to be done. Basically the tree roots were tearing the cliff apart could have sent huge boulders rolling down the cliff and to quote Councilor Lewis," smashed into a number 12 bus"

It was the length of time from start (the clearing of the trees) to the expected completion of the walk ways in June that I was having a moan about in the recent post "A bit of a mess still."

Sorry if I gave the wrong impression.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

First Sign of The Bridge

One day soon (this year maybe) there will be a bridge across this section of the cliff. It will replace an old wooden bridge that was in a state of collapse before the trees were removed. It was also the centre for what the police discribed as "anti social behaviour". Drug taking to you and me. It is unlikely to return to that recreational use in the future as the whole area will be floodlit at night, till midnight any way 

A Distant View

On a grey winter's afternoon Rock Walk doesn't look too attractive from the distance. It is not all that appealing close up (see next Picture).

Looks a bit of a mess still

It's mid February and this will one day be the main walkway up the cliff. At the moment it doesn't look too promising that it will be open in JUne which is the date the council are hoping for.
The work started in Jan 2008 whichs means it's been going on, in fits and starts for over two years. Remind me again, how long did it take to build the football stadium in Wembley.

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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