Home-own­ers un­happy to be asked to pay for shoring up historic listed wall

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

A HISTORIC wall that is said to be slowly col­laps­ing into gar­dens of Alder­shot res­i­dents will un­dergo a re­pair project cost­ing al­most £100,000, but some res­i­dents are un­happy at be­ing told to con­trib­ute to­wards the cost.

The Grade II listed wall at Beau­mont Park, which dates back to the Vic­to­rian era, runs along­side Farn­bor­ough Road and joins onto the wall sur­round­ing the old South Cav­alry Bar­racks.

Just over three and a half me­tres in height, it forms a boundary be­tween the road and homes in Greys Court and Hus­sar Court, in Beau­mont Park, but Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil has de­scribed it as be­ing on the brink of ‘im­mi­nent col­lapse’.

A sec­tion of the wall built be­tween 1854-9 has been iden­ti­fied as need­ing re­pairs, and sup­ports have been put in place to pre­vent col­lapse, and the coun­cil’s cabi­net ap­proved the re­lease of £96,000 for the work on July 15.

Coun­cil­lor Roland Dibbs, cabi­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and ser­vices de­liv­ery, said: “We have taken ex­pert ad­vice and have been told that the lean­ing sec­tions of the wall need to be re­built.

“This work will pre­serve the wall and avoid a col­lapse into prop­er­ties. The wall is a lo­cally loved historic land­mark so it is only right that we do what we can to pre­serve it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion First Wes­sex, which owns some of the af­fected houses, orig­i­nally in­formed the coun­cil that the wall was over­hang­ing the gar­dens of some of their prop­er­ties.

A com­pli­cat­ing fac­tor is that some of the neigh­bour­ing houses are pri­vately owned. The coun­cil there­fore plans to re­claim an un­con­firmed amount of money spent on re­pair­ing parts of the wall that form the bound­aries of pri­vate houses from the own­ers, a move that is un­pop­u­lar with some.

Linda Ar­row­smith, who is one of the home­own­ers in Greys Court, said she and her hus­band were un­will­ing to re­im­burse the coun­cil since the sec­tion of wall that runs by their back gar­den looked to be struc­turally sound. “It looks fine there,” she said.

Stephen Madg­wick, a ten­ant on the same road, said: “It doesn't give us any is­sue. I can't say I've no­ticed any­thing fall­ing down.”

PETE BRYANT

Part of the listed wall that runs along Farn­bor­ough Road, Alder­shot which is said to be on the verge of col­lapse.

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