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Work to repair Chapelhay wall to begin
1:53pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
Work to repair the wall retaining Chapelhay Street in Weymouth will start next month.
The works will require the closure of Dorset Terrace and Chapelhay Street for 20 weeks starting Monday 4 November 2013. Wet weather has caused some of the wall to collapse and other parts to move and crack.
Contractors working on behalf of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have been appointed to: • Demolish the original retaining wall • Construct a new reinforced concrete wall topped with brick parapet wall and handrail • Reinstate a ramp providing an accessible route to Town Bridge The southern footpath along Chapelhay Street and access to Chapelhay Steps will remain open at all times.
The repairs are the second part of a two-phase project to stabilise the Chapelhay Gardens slope, which the borough council is responsible for maintaining.
Repairs to the lower part of the slope were successfully carried out over summer 2013.
Planning permission for the second phase of repairs was granted at the borough council’s Planning and Traffic Committee in July. No objections to the proposed works were received.
This phase of the works is being funded jointly with Dorset County Council, the Highways Authority responsible for maintaining Chapelhay Street.
Cllr Peter Chapman, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council brief holder for Finance and Assets said: “These works are necessary to avoid the risk of the retaining wall collapsing further and causing damage to Chapelhay Street.
“Rebuilding the wall will also help improve the look of the area which has been surrounded by herras fencing for some time because of safety concerns.
“We appreciate the closure of Dorset Terrace and Chapelhay Street will cause inconvenience, particularly to those residents of Chapelhay Heights who use these roads for parking.
“We have contacted the residents who might be affected to offer alternative parking arrangements for the duration of the works.”
To help reduce parking disruption the borough council has allocated a number of spaces within the car park at its North Quay offices.
The works are expected to take 20 weeks and should be completed in March 2014.
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