The C1262 remains closed whilst on-going investigation and repairs are carried out.
As reported last week, the undermining of the road is considerably more extensive than previously anticipated and whilst a meeting has been arranged with the local commoners group to discuss grazing and fishing rights which may be impacted by the repairs, work is continuing.
We are still receiving reports that local people are moving the safety barriers which have been put in place to protect the general public, as the highways is structurally compromised in its present state. We urgently reiterate Cllr Durkin’s comments regarding the need to abide by the closure.
Ward Councillor Barry Durkin has been liaising with the affected Parish Council, residents and his constituents and looks forward to the full re-opening of the road and the reinstatement of the banks and verges.
Cllr Barry Durkin said, “The bridge is vital to local people, those providing local services and visitors alike and the closure will cause disruption to access and the provision of services; in addition to emergency vehicle access. However, the works to the highway are essential as the road has become severely undermined and the work must be carried out to enable access in the longer term and local residents and emergency services will be informed in good time. The roads out of Kings Caple are being inspected prior to the start of work and any potholes or defects rectified. As the entire access road to the bridge will be a construction site without pedestrian or vehicular access I would request that no vehicle attempt to 'get around' any barriers and that pedestrians do not enter the site or attempt to manoeuvre around the barriers as they may put themselves in personal danger."
Our highways managers will be visiting the site tomorrow (Thursday) and we hope to have more information on a way forward by early next week. We will provide a weekly update to keep local residents informed on progress.
Our aim is to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all in the soonest timescale and once again thank people for their cooperation and patience whilst work progresses.