Cheshire news Residents' misery over Walls repair...and still no end date MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Former council highways engineer fed up with noise, dust and access problems

Cheshire news Residents' misery over Walls repair...and still no end date MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Former council highways engineer fed up with noise, dust and access problems

Cheshire news  Residents' misery over Walls repair...and still no end date MetiNews.Com
30 June 2020 - 13:56

Breaking News ! There's still no date for when Chester ’s Walls will reopen at the Northgate despite ongoing misery for residents due to noise, dust and access problems. Retired county council highways engineer Chris Garner, who lives in the adjacent Water Tower Street, has hit out because of the impact on quality of life over many years. Problems began in 2011 when stone steps leading on to the wall had to be propped after coming away from the ancient structure. Investigations revealed the inner wall was missing meaning the steps had been holding up the walls, requiring a much greater engineering solution than anticipated.   Mr Garner wrote: “This meant that Water Tower Street at its junction with Northgate Street has been closed since 2011 causing difficulties with access – the reasons for this being fully understood.” In April 2016 works commenced to carry out repairs and undertake archaeological investigation with the site compound extended in front of people’s homes. Mr Garner continued: “Access was effectively stopped for vehicular means making deliveries difficult for the majority of elderly residents. “This also led to an increased footfall by pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, even motorbikes immediately adjacent the houses with an increase in noise exacerbated by the operations within the compound.” Work was suspended in September 2016 with the site compound left in situ causing continuing access problems until early 2018 when barriers and cabins were finally removed after repeated complaints. Repair work on the City Walls at Northgate. In September 2019 a contractor finally arrived to recommence the repair work but again the compound extended in front of people’s homes creating a ‘virtual quarry’. Mr Garner, who says his official complaint to the council fell on deaf ears, cited instances which he claims show the site has not been run properly.

.” Top news stories River Dee public health warning Sign up to our free daily newsletter Anti-terror bollards going up in Chester Man chops off victim's hand Deputy council leader Cllr Karen Shore, cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport, responded: “This has been a long project for residents to endure and I am really sorry that it has been causing disruption and concern. As many residents will be aware, this project has been difficult, with many unforeseen issues coming to light once work started. “As a protected scheduled monument, all alterations and repair work has to be carried out under the guidance of Historic England. The meticulous work and monitoring required takes time but it is essential that the City Walls are maintained for generations to come. “Due to the nature of the site in a city centre location vehicles need to manoeuvre in small spaces. Following feedback from residents, the site compound was rearranged to improve the vehicle access. Measures were taken to reduce the generator noise with an acoustic blanket but we are aware that this brings improvement rather than eradicate noise completely.” Cllr Shore, who gave no date for the reopening of the walls, added: “The completion date for the steps rebuild is the end of July. As reported a further area for investigation has been found in an area west of the steps. Investigations will be carried out after the steps work is completed.”

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Cheshire news Residents' misery over Walls repair...and still no end date MetiNews.Com


Cheshire news Residents' misery over Walls repair...and still no end date MetiNews.Com


Cheshire news Residents' misery over Walls repair...and still no end date MetiNews.Com


Cheshire news Residents' misery over Walls repair...and still no end date MetiNews.Com

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