Update on the Cascades (Rene Howe Walk)

Posted on: March 7, 2024 at 12:05 pm

We would like to provide an update on the ongoing project to improve Rene Howe Walk (the Cascades) in Ventnor.

The project involves installing new safety railings that meet modern safety standards and which also respect the unique character of Ventnor. Rene Howe Walk is also being completely resurfaced.

An Island Roads spokesperson said: “The Rene Howe Walk scheme remains on track to be completed by the Easter weekend, however we are disappointed to announce that the walkway will not reopen this Friday as previously communicated. The bespoke handrails are made on the island but then need to go to a mainland facility to be galvanised and unfortunately a breakdown at this facility has led to a delay in delivery.

“It is disappointing as the works had been progressing so well, despite the extremely challenging weather conditions experienced, and particularly as we had been able to give the local community such a positive update about the works at the public meeting at St Catherine’s Church last week.

“We have explored alternative suppliers for the railings to be galvanised, but with shipping times and pre-existing orders factored in, unfortunately this is not possible. We are in regular conversation with our supplier and are urging them to prioritise our works so that we can install the remaining railings and complete the scheme ahead of Easter.

“We will of course keep the local community informed.”