Thursday, May 18, 2006

'Sandstorm' over a new 90m wall

A 'hideous' roadside wall in Offerton's green belt does not require planning permission because it is a highways project, Stockport Council has confirmed. The 90m sandstone wall, along side Marple Road, was built when the old concrete retaining wall was deemed unsafe.
There was also confusion when builders recently began cutting the tops off the stones, while other parts of the wall remain unfinished.
A Stockport Council spokesperson said, "The new wall was castellated to give consistency in design and help prevent people walking across it. The castellation was levelled off, for aesthetic reasons, so that it matches the level of the adjacent road.
- an excerpt from a Stockport Times article