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CHRISTMAS CHEER AS THE HOARDINGS COME DOWN ON WEST QUAY

posted 14 Dec 2012, 07:24 by Westover Labour
An early Christmas treat for shoppers and hard pressed traders saw the temporary barriers removed today
on Bridgwater's West Quay making the place finally look shoppable.
 

Somerset's Chief Engineer Peter Radford said "The good news is that the reconstructed wall at the south end of the site means the proper permanent flood defence is restored in that area. The site team are also clearing the site area that projects up into Castle Street which will enable this area of hoarding to be drawn back on Monday.  There are some cables and other things to move here too.  We hope this Castle St section of hoarding can be withdrawn early next week."

Adrian Fraser, Chairman of the West Quay Action Group, has finally had the imposing hoardings removed from in front of his shop window after over a year of closure or inhibited trading. He said today "THE FENCE IS DOWN!! its xmas time. Theres no need to be afraid. i look forward to seeing all my customers old and new (well most of them anyway)"

In a further development Peter Radford announced  "I am delighted to advise that the West Quay reconstruction project won the 2012 Fleming Award.  This accolade is the foremost UK award for "excellence in geotechnical design and construction".  There were three national finalists with major schemes in Huddersfield and Reading up against West Quay. The
judges' final decision followed rounds of technical presentations and Q&As to a large audience of specialists in the Telford Room at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.  The Somerset team comprised me, Adam Cane and Mike King from Crestmoor Construction."

In relation to the recent flooding Mr Radford added " The EA report currently pumping 10,000 litres of water off the Levels every second, and that is adding to the already extraordinary flows in the River Parrett.   A month of pumping at that rate is being quoted to lower the levels sufficiently - and, with a potentially drier period expected, we hope/expect to then be able to resume that low level facing wall rebuild at the north of the site in early January.   We shall press on with everything we can in the meantime.  I know other engineering efforts up and down the river have suffered similar problems but my apologies again that we are beset by these weather delays."

WEST QUAY IS OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING - 
PLEASE SUPPORT THE TRADERS THERE
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