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SCHEME TO RECONSTRUCT BELGRAVE ROAD CONTINUES – BUT IT’S STILL MONTHS OFF COMPLETION

The scheme to rebuild Belgrave Road in Ventnor is continuing, but it is expected to be another 5 months before the work is complete and the road reopens.

Back in January 2020, a retaining wall began to give way leading to fears of a collapse. Within days more cracks appeared and the road began to drop, eventually falling away. A number of properties were evacuated.

Over the past 2 years, the Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads have been working on a solution. Work has been taking place to dismantle the collapsed wall and stabilise the area behind it.

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Now, contractors are using a strengthening technique called ‘soil nailing’ and work is taking place to rebuild the parapet wall. In consultation with the local conservation officer, a natural stone finish will be used to replace the wall so that it is in keeping with others in the surrounding area. The new parapet wall will also be higher than the existing to conform with the latest safety requirements for both pedestrians and vehicles.

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Once the wall is complete then work can begin on reconstructing the road and pavement, as well as relandscaping the area.

It is anticipated that the scheme will be completed in the Autumn – some 2-and-a-half years after the road failed.

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Jobsy
Jobsy
14 days ago

Are they ever going to do something about the undercliff into Niton or is that going to be inaccessible for ever? It takes these people a lifetime to fix anything..

Fat Nip Moody
Fat Nip Moody
Reply to  Jobsy
13 days ago

We prefer it not to ever be open. Our home is a haven of peace since. Now we are tempted to cause damage to the road surface to make it look worse.

Coaches with oiks and noisy lorries are better in working class areas not here

John
John
Reply to  Fat Nip Moody
13 days ago

What a snob you are!
Money would be better spent blowing the road up and cutting you off all together … you’re a rude low life who lives in a town which is essentially full of low life folk who prefer to do drug deals than a proper days work.
Oh and let’s not forget the converted garages with the airbnbs done without planning permission …

Stevieb
Stevieb
Reply to  Fat Nip Moody
13 days ago

What a jumped up ,horrible, snobby thing to say. Bet u weren’t even born on the island. I’m gonna come down there with my blue tooth speaker and throw some loud working class music on for u to enjoy.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
14 days ago

I hope they are leaving niches for the lizards to live in. And why does the wall need to be any higher than the original?

Fat Nip Moody
Fat Nip Moody
Reply to  Joe Bloggs
13 days ago

If they used gabion walls then lizards love them

rodney burt
rodney burt
13 days ago

With a little imagination and help from the army they could bridged the movement on the undercliff road the army have huge foldable bridges and a set off traffic lights i’m sure they could have solved the problems

 

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