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Looe Road To Reopen Sooner

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 14th May 2014

Roadworks are almost finished, after a landslip that left a woman dead in Looe.

St Martin's road is supposed to be shut for another two months.

But now engineers reckon they can get the job finished next week.

Susan Norman lost her life last March after mud and earth demolished her home.

“St Martin's Road has been a very complicated job with competing pressures extending the time it has had to take. It is finally done, and both the Council and our contractor, Cormac, thank the residents, traders and visitors to Looe for their patience” said Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste.  “Cormac has brought the job in eight weeks ahead of schedule, which means that the road will be open before Whitsun - hoorah for this Cornish company which is so committed to keeping Cornwall moving with commitment, skill and tenacity. Looe is open - time for business!".

Armand Toms, the local Member for Looe East, said “This road closure has had a big impact on Looe and the surrounding area and especially the residents of St Martin’s and Sandplace Roads. Having visited the site at least five times a week since they started I know how hard Cormac and the contractors have worked to complete the works in such a short time. I would like to thank them all for their efforts to complete these engineering works in such a short time. I know the people of the area will be pleased with this news.”

Edwina Hannaford, the Cornwall Councillor for Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos said, “The works have also had an effect on the residents of my division so I am relieved the works have run so smoothly that the re-opening of the road has been brought forward. I would like to thank all the staff and contractors for their hard work and for the forbearance of residents in west Looe and Polperro.  The re-opening of the road before the Whit bank holiday is particularly welcome after a very trying year all round”.

The works, which began on 10 March, have included using soil-nails to stabilise the slope supporting St Martin’s Road, constructing a faced retaining wall with a stone parapet at the site of “Veronica”, stabilising the edge of the road next to “Boundary Bungalow” and installing raised kerbs along the edge of the road.

The council also carried out a package of measures to support the local residential and business community. These included a positive campaign to promote Looe, Polperro and the surrounding area to visitors and concessionary parking around school drop off and collection times.

David Bryan, the Mayor of Looe Town Council said  “It is really good news to hear the road will be opening so far ahead of schedule.  I would like to thank the crews for all their hard work . All we need now is a good summer to bring tourists in down the road to visit Looe .“

Jim Candy, the local Member for the Trelawney electoral division, said “ I would like to thank the residents on the diversion route through Morval for their patience coping with increased traffic, and users of the route for showing consideration to local residents.”

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