Causeway work getting thumbs up

Posted on: June 23, 2022 at 8:39 am

Work to replace new yet traditional barriers at The Causeway in Freshwater has been completed.

The project began earlier this month following lengthy discussions with the IW Council over the most suitable way of providing safe barriers that were also in keeping with the unique rural surroundings.

The work also required other consents given the location’s environmental importance – it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area Conservation, a Special Protection Area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also a designated RAMSAR site because it is a renowned waterfowl habitat.

The work itself has installed a new but traditional-looking post and rail system using English oak posts supplied by local company Chessell Woodyard of Calbourne.

The project has already received the thumbs-up from the local community.

Cllr John Medland, Isle of Wight Council member for Freshwater South said: “I am delighted to see these works finally completed after four years of temporary barriers in what is an iconic local beauty spot.  These repairs are just what the local community has been asking for.”

Cllr Phil Jordan, IW Council cabinet member for highways and infrastructure said: “The work looks really good and while it has taken longer that envisaged and we have had to work through holdups in the planning and agreement stages, the project has now restored the unique character of this lovely spot so it can be enjoyed and accessed safely by residents and visitors alike.  A great success story for all concerned.”

Island Roads construction manager Keith Gourlay said: “I understand and share the local frustrations regarding the timescales getting through the agreement stages but we’re pleased that the work is already getting good feedback and we are also happy to have worked so well with a local company, Chessell Woodyard, who were extremely helpful.”