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Fair Oak Road river wall repairs

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Plans have been unveiled by Hampshire County Council for the river wall repair along Fair Oak Road in Bishopstoke, after extensive damage was caused by a road traffic incident.

The railings, which were destroyed in the incident, unveiled extensive cracking along the river wall and rather than undertake a localised repair, funding was reprioritised to fully replace the 100 metre stretch of railings and wall.

The new design will be similar to those repairs previously made on the retaining wall on the opposite side of the river, on Montague Road, with a sheet piled wall and brickwork capping. This will ensure the long term stability of the wall and footpath which is adjacent to the proposed retaining wall.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "The road traffic incident not only destroyed the railings that were present but unveiled cracks in the underlying concrete that need significant structural repair work. Now that an investigation has taken place, a repair designed and funding made available, we can plan the remaining work before being able to commence the repairs on site.

"Because of the larger works now being planned, an ecological report and subsequent approval from the Environment Agency are needed prior to work starting on site. It is therefore anticipated that site works will start early next year.

"I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused for local residents and I want to assure you that we are working hard to get the new wall and railings in place as soon as possible."

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