£100k repairs project for Weymouth beauty spot

CLOSED:  Landslip on the footpath by Wyke Road. Inset, David Carter, Chairman of Friends of Rodwell Trail

CLOSED: Landslip on the footpath by Wyke Road. Inset, David Carter, Chairman of Friends of Rodwell Trail

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A COUNCIL looks set to spend £100,000 making a Weymouth beauty spot safe to prevent any risk to life.

The long-awaited project would stabilise an area of the Rodwell Trail around Wyke Road Tunnel which is causing concern for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

The footpath from Wyke Road down to the trail, which has been closed since for more than a year due to a mini landslip, is cracking up and moving, the embankment slope is failing, and the tunnel wing wall is at ‘imminent risk of failure’ which could potentially kill people walking nearby if it collapsed.

Closure of the Wyke Road footpath, one of the Rodwell Trail’s main access points, inconveniences many people who have to take a long detour.

Signs and fences blocking access have been vandalised by what are believed to be people frustrated about it being shut.

Locals claimed last year the state of the footpath was not as bad as authorities made out.

But consultants employed by the council found that ‘large cracking’ is present within the footpath and there is ongoing ground movement which will ultimately lead to more serious slope failure.

Failure of the embankment would be ‘catastrophic’, posing a risk to life so it is recommended the footpath stays shut until stabilisation works are complete.

Repairs were conducted at Wyke Tunnel only last year after the surface of the brickwork inside was found to be peeling.

A report to the council’s management committee next Tuesday sets out the options for the new work required and recommends the ‘most economic option’ available – a package of repair works to the wing wall and embankment costing £100,000.

It would mean the trail remains open, the footpath can be opened up again and there would be ‘improved public relations’ in the area.

However, with this option the embankment would continue to move and the footpath may require routine maintenance.

More than half the funding for the work would come from an assets fund put aside for infrastructure, but the council would still need to find the rest.

Dorset County Council, which is responsible for maintaining the surface of the Rodwell Trail, is unable to contribute any money.

Chairman of the Friends of Rodwell Trail David Carter said: “We are very pleased this work is being proposed and no doubt it will be welcomed by all members of the community.

“The Wyke Road entrance is one of the principle access points.”

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9:36am Sat 1 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

'the council would still need to find the rest.'
The council will also have to find the money for harbour repairs except that the 'council' doesn't have any money, it all belongs to the ratepayers!
'the council would still need to find the rest.' The council will also have to find the money for harbour repairs except that the 'council' doesn't have any money, it all belongs to the ratepayers! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -4

9:38am Sat 1 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

This good news but can the problem of the drinks and dog mess be dealt with so that the rest of us can use the trail.

Can the property team be tasked with making sure that they look after this asset ant not pretend that it is not thier job.
This good news but can the problem of the drinks and dog mess be dealt with so that the rest of us can use the trail. Can the property team be tasked with making sure that they look after this asset ant not pretend that it is not thier job. Get a grip
  • Score: 0

10:10am Sat 1 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

The council is broke they know and so do we

Just look around as see what a mess we are in
The council is broke they know and so do we Just look around as see what a mess we are in Get a grip
  • Score: -1

11:58am Sat 1 Mar 14

Micke12 says...

Dorset County Council, which is responsible for maintaining the surface of the Rodwell Trail, is unable to contribute any money.

Correct me if I am wrong, but does not the statement above mean that Dorset County Council has a duty to provide financial assistance as part of their 'responsibility'

The main reason that the council are broke is because of this government and it's prevalence to cut-backs in all matters financial for the ordinary services for the man on the street in favour of making their own and their 'friends' pockets fuller, although the councils themselves shoulder some responsibility for the lack of money through bad budgeting when labour were in power and money was given to the councils hand over foot.
Dorset County Council, which is responsible for maintaining the surface of the Rodwell Trail, is unable to contribute any money. Correct me if I am wrong, but does not the statement above mean that Dorset County Council has a duty to provide financial assistance as part of their 'responsibility' The main reason that the council are broke is because of this government and it's prevalence to cut-backs in all matters financial for the ordinary services for the man on the street in favour of making their own and their 'friends' pockets fuller, although the councils themselves shoulder some responsibility for the lack of money through bad budgeting when labour were in power and money was given to the councils hand over foot. Micke12
  • Score: 4

12:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I thought that DCC has just given £2M to a developer?
I thought that DCC has just given £2M to a developer? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 6

12:38pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
I thought that DCC has just given £2M to a developer?
It was WDDC
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: I thought that DCC has just given £2M to a developer?[/p][/quote]It was WDDC Get a grip
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Get a grip
Mea culpa (:o))
OK, then perhaps we should go to WDDC to bail us out of our financial problems in Weymouth n Portland since they have taxpayers money spare to give away to a commercial company.
Get a grip Mea culpa (:o)) OK, then perhaps we should go to WDDC to bail us out of our financial problems in Weymouth n Portland since they have taxpayers money spare to give away to a commercial company. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

One problem they tun out of money in about 5 years time

Perhaps if the Weymouth property team were do thier job and not keep property empty then we might have a chance
One problem they tun out of money in about 5 years time Perhaps if the Weymouth property team were do thier job and not keep property empty then we might have a chance Get a grip
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

There is 4 bed flat on the esplanade with a roof terrace that has been empty for 5 years.

It is owned by Weymouth council
There is 4 bed flat on the esplanade with a roof terrace that has been empty for 5 years. It is owned by Weymouth council Get a grip
  • Score: 3

3:49pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

Lost rent over 5 years at least £48,000.

Sack property team saving £100,000 per year.
Lost rent over 5 years at least £48,000. Sack property team saving £100,000 per year. Get a grip
  • Score: 3

6:49pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

So next time we are told that to keep open a play park, public toilet or an event would cost too much, please ask your councillor why this property is empty.


Heaven only knows what else is empty.
So next time we are told that to keep open a play park, public toilet or an event would cost too much, please ask your councillor why this property is empty. Heaven only knows what else is empty. Get a grip
  • Score: 0

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