County faces major bill for Beaminster Tunnel works

A PLEA for government money to help fund the re-opening of Beaminster Tunnel has fallen on deaf ears.

Dorset County Council faces additional costs of around £2.3 million to make the Tunnel safe and re-open the A3066.

It asked the Department for Transport for money but was told by Parliamentary under secretary of state Norman Baker that the council would have to use its own budget to meet the cost, saying it would be unfair on national taxpayers to give additional funds to Dorset.

Dorset County Councillors will be discussing options for repairing the tunnel at their cabinet meeting on November 7.

The tunnel has been closed since July 7 when a landslip killed Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe.

Their bodies lay undiscovered for ten days.

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3:02pm Wed 31 Oct 12

stench says...

Surely is the Council's place to fix?

If they had correctly maintained the bridge, may be this tragic incident would never had occured...
Surely is the Council's place to fix? If they had correctly maintained the bridge, may be this tragic incident would never had occured... stench

3:13pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Dorset Boy says...

stench wrote:
Surely is the Council's place to fix?

If they had correctly maintained the bridge, may be this tragic incident would never had occured...
Landslips caused by Mother Nature have no bearing whatsoever on the council
[quote][p][bold]stench[/bold] wrote: Surely is the Council's place to fix? If they had correctly maintained the bridge, may be this tragic incident would never had occured...[/p][/quote]Landslips caused by Mother Nature have no bearing whatsoever on the council Dorset Boy

4:38pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Huey says...

I blame all that rain we had
I blame all that rain we had Huey

5:16pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Isosceles says...

Huey
No, it was the olympics (:o))
Huey No, it was the olympics (:o)) Isosceles

5:22pm Wed 31 Oct 12

snowleopard says...

So where is the MP Mr Letwin on this matter?
So where is the MP Mr Letwin on this matter? snowleopard

6:37pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Fred Kite says...

What's Letwin doing on this, nothing as usual, but his government will find the money to blow up then build new bridges abroad.
What's Letwin doing on this, nothing as usual, but his government will find the money to blow up then build new bridges abroad. Fred Kite

6:49pm Wed 31 Oct 12

kildare43 says...

snowleopard wrote:
So where is the MP Mr Letwin on this matter?
He's laughing up his sleeve with Norman Baker in their club because they gave " national taxpayers money " to fund the buses for Charlie's little Poundbury, Public school pr...s
[quote][p][bold]snowleopard[/bold] wrote: So where is the MP Mr Letwin on this matter?[/p][/quote]He's laughing up his sleeve with Norman Baker in their club because they gave " national taxpayers money " to fund the buses for Charlie's little Poundbury, Public school pr...s kildare43

7:25pm Wed 31 Oct 12

malkie says...

Maybe, if DCC Highways Department had not spent so much on unnecessarily rebuilding Weymouth's perfectly adequate traffic system, then there would have been enough money available to carry out the necessary repairs to the tunnel.
Maybe, if DCC Highways Department had not spent so much on unnecessarily rebuilding Weymouth's perfectly adequate traffic system, then there would have been enough money available to carry out the necessary repairs to the tunnel. malkie

8:12pm Wed 31 Oct 12

cordless says...

Now come on. Answers Please.Lets hear the chain of commands from DCC.Names ,Positions, Jobs worth and their present rolls, even if they have been Pensioned off on Golden Pensions.Some one gave the orders And Paid to cut down the trees that were not even on DCC owned property.We employ all these specialists or did they hire in a Consultant (Names Please).And don't blame the poor labourer at the bottom.Starting at the top.Plus Costs.
Now come on. Answers Please.Lets hear the chain of commands from DCC.Names ,Positions, Jobs worth and their present rolls, even if they have been Pensioned off on Golden Pensions.Some one gave the orders And Paid to cut down the trees that were not even on DCC owned property.We employ all these specialists or did they hire in a Consultant (Names Please).And don't blame the poor labourer at the bottom.Starting at the top.Plus Costs. cordless

8:18pm Wed 31 Oct 12

wessex-andy says...

Sorry, bur the new WDDC offices in Dorchester take priority over all else.
Sorry, bur the new WDDC offices in Dorchester take priority over all else. wessex-andy

8:25pm Wed 31 Oct 12

malkie says...

wessex-andy wrote:
Sorry, bur the new WDDC offices in Dorchester take priority over all else.
It's DCC Highways Dept that are responsible for the roads. The WDDC ofices are nothing to do with this & the finance is from a completely separate budget.
[quote][p][bold]wessex-andy[/bold] wrote: Sorry, bur the new WDDC offices in Dorchester take priority over all else.[/p][/quote]It's DCC Highways Dept that are responsible for the roads. The WDDC ofices are nothing to do with this & the finance is from a completely separate budget. malkie

8:39pm Wed 31 Oct 12

annotator1 says...

I don't know. Years ago when I started driving, I and everyone else, paid the Road Fund Licence. That covered repairs to roads and bridges.
The tax now gets lost in the central fund!
If, the banks of the tunnel had been maintained and replanted when old shrubs and trees died off, mother nature would quite possibly have looked after itself.
Who knows!
A sad loss of lives.
I don't know. Years ago when I started driving, I and everyone else, paid the Road Fund Licence. That covered repairs to roads and bridges. The tax now gets lost in the central fund! If, the banks of the tunnel had been maintained and replanted when old shrubs and trees died off, mother nature would quite possibly have looked after itself. Who knows! A sad loss of lives. annotator1

9:10pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Bridders says...

Get rid of the tunnel altogether, put a cutting through the hillside. Half the work is already done with the actual tunnel itself. Ok, may need to be a lot wider than it already is, may cost quite a few £'s but will be virtually maintenance free thereafter. No lighting problems to fix, no internal repairs required and hopefully no road accidents at either end. Simples.
Get rid of the tunnel altogether, put a cutting through the hillside. Half the work is already done with the actual tunnel itself. Ok, may need to be a lot wider than it already is, may cost quite a few £'s but will be virtually maintenance free thereafter. No lighting problems to fix, no internal repairs required and hopefully no road accidents at either end. Simples. Bridders

11:43pm Wed 31 Oct 12

cordless says...

Sorry Bridders, not the answer. 1/ listed Building. 2/Roman Road over the top. 3/ Still will have high banks after tunnel removal 4/ Road will have to be made wider. Etc. Etc.
Sorry Bridders, not the answer. 1/ listed Building. 2/Roman Road over the top. 3/ Still will have high banks after tunnel removal 4/ Road will have to be made wider. Etc. Etc. cordless

10:21am Thu 1 Nov 12

cj07589 says...

Fred Kite wrote:
What's Letwin doing on this, nothing as usual, but his government will find the money to blow up then build new bridges abroad.
Yeap spot on, if it was a foreign tunnel the government would find the cash somehow. Nevermind eh so the corrupt European fiddling union is about to recieve a £1.2billion increase over the next two years and the miserable so-and-sos cant be bothered to assist the citizens of its own country. Its downright dsgraceful really!
[quote][p][bold]Fred Kite[/bold] wrote: What's Letwin doing on this, nothing as usual, but his government will find the money to blow up then build new bridges abroad.[/p][/quote]Yeap spot on, if it was a foreign tunnel the government would find the cash somehow. Nevermind eh so the corrupt European fiddling union is about to recieve a £1.2billion increase over the next two years and the miserable so-and-sos cant be bothered to assist the citizens of its own country. Its downright dsgraceful really! cj07589

1:16pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Say NO says...

The council ordered trees to be removed from the bank just weeks before the land slide. The tree roots were holding the bank in place. Removal of the trees combined with severe weather caused the landslide.
The council ordered trees to be removed from the bank just weeks before the land slide. The tree roots were holding the bank in place. Removal of the trees combined with severe weather caused the landslide. Say NO

10:29am Sat 3 Nov 12

portland rebel says...

very good at spending on white elephants, but to spend money where it is needed, well thats another story.
very good at spending on white elephants, but to spend money where it is needed, well thats another story. portland rebel

11:12am Sat 3 Nov 12

Posh Totty says...

There used to be a toll house at the tunnel years ago - why not get a private company ( under the councils directions) to mend the tunnel and charge a small toll - if the figures stack up. I dont know what the traffic numbers are each day but with the price of petrol you wouldnt be spending much more if it was say a £1 than doing the extra miles on the diversion.
There used to be a toll house at the tunnel years ago - why not get a private company ( under the councils directions) to mend the tunnel and charge a small toll - if the figures stack up. I dont know what the traffic numbers are each day but with the price of petrol you wouldnt be spending much more if it was say a £1 than doing the extra miles on the diversion. Posh Totty

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