Work Due To Start On Chapelhay Gardens
8:14am 4th April 2013
(Updated 11:33am 4th April 2013)
Work to repair the walls of Chapelhay Gardens in Weymouth is due to start in a couple of weeks time.
The slope behind the Borough Council offices is unstable.
Homeowners in Trinity Road have been warned about the noise - as the work will involve drilling into solid rock.
Contractors South West Highways were appointed by the borough council in February and will be on site between April and June for an eleven week period.
The works will consist of:
- Ground anchors to tie the retaining walls behind the properties in Trinity Road back into more stable ground
- Re-grading of slopes behind the offices to make them less steep
- Masonry repairs to some existing stone and brick walls
The working hours agreed between the borough council and South West Highways are Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.
The pay and display area in the east end of the North Quay car park (closest to Town Bridge) will remain open while the works are being carried out.
Some of the designated visitor spaces in this area of the car park as well as the pick-up/set down spaces directly behind the offices will be closed off however, in order to make space for site offices, storage and machinery.
Visitors to the council officers on official business will be able to park in the pay and display area using visitor permits from the council's main reception desk.
The western end of the car park (closest to ASDA), will continue to open to the public over weekends and after 5pm on week days, however drivers are advised to gain access via New Road rather than driving behind the council offices.
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Director of Environment, David Evans said:
"The works are necessary to ensure the stability of the wall and prevent damage to the properties along Trinity Road as well as the North Quay site.
"It will be noisy while the ground anchoring takes place but we expect this to be limited to a four week period, and the contractors should not need to work during evenings or weekends.
"We are working hard to keep the people most affected by the works in the loop and will try to accommodate their needs as much as possible."
The repairs to the lower part of the Chapelhay walls are the first of a two-phase project.
Repair works to the upper walls, including the reinstatement of the ramp and footpath along Chapelhay Street, are scheduled to take place this autumn.