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Cormac Report #5

Church Square

church square works

Updates from the past two weeks

Having now poured the concrete slab over the steel reinforcements of the town leat, the concrete will be left for a week to ‘cure’ (harden). As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we’ve identified an unexpected third (smaller leat) running from the well to Honey Street, and we have diverted this underground channel via new drainage pipes and a manhole. We’ve also begun installing the sub-base layer, which forms the first part of the structural foundations for the granite paving.

Two week look ahead

This week we will begin waterproofing the concrete slab of the leat, and once that has been complete we can then begin ‘backfilling’ around the leat with earth materials , before preparing the structural foundation layers for which the granite paving will sit on. We are anticipating on completing this section of the works by Christmas.

Dennison Road

Dennison Road works

Updates from the past two weeks

Having now poured the concrete sides of the Berrycoombe Road leat, the concrete was then given a week to harden before waterproofing of the surface which has now complete. With the ground reinstated and surfaced, we were then able to move onto the next section of the leat, which runs onto Dennison Road. Great care has been taken around the ground excavation of this side of the leat, due to buried services and gas lines. From the week commencing 24 October there will be traffic management installed on one half of the junction, between Chapel Lane and Dennison Road. Cars will be able to drive around the fencing to join onto Dennison Road and vice versa.

Two week look ahead

There will be a continued focus on the strengthening operations of this second section of the leat. We will need to dig out around its back walls, creating space for pouring ‘mass’ concrete, in effect widening and strengthening its structure. If we discover that the buried services around the leat are non-obtrusive, we will then be able to start working on the permanent ‘formwork’ panels that form the base of the new concrete slab, similar to that of the works already seen on Church Square. During this period we will also begin works on building the new pedestrian crossing points along Dennison Road. We will start by focussing on the northern side, which means we can keep Dennison Road accessible to vehicles at all times. This work will begin with the installation of new carrier drains, and will also require the repositioning of existing gullies.

Following ongoing weekly meetings with the emergency services, and having also listened to feedback received from members of the public, we have returned access from Castle Hill onto Church Lane. Whilst cars will still be prohibited from accessing Chapel Lane from Dennison Road, cars can now gain access (two-way) from Priory Road onto Chapel Lane.

Launceston Road and Priory Road

Updates from the past two weeks

Since our last newsletter, operations have continued on the drainage network to the northern side of the roundabout, consisting of new manholes, carrier drains, and gullies. Our team have also now begun work on laying the sub-base layer to the northern side of the roundabout, with continued operations on footway widening.

Two week look ahead

On the northern side of the roundabout we have identified shallow gas mains, which have meant we have been unable to install traditional piped drainage systems as had been planned. As such we are now installing combined kerb carrier drains along the footways (essentially kerbing with gaps to allow surface water to feed into the underground drainage system). There will also be ‘associated gully repositioning’ (whereby, if a kerb is moved, a gully will need to be moved in conjunction to it). We will also be starting to move operations onto the southern side of the roundabout, with temporary traffic lights installed upon Priory Road. This work will be focussed on the new drainage system that will divert some of the surface rainwater from Church Square – dramatically improving the town's flood defences.

Midway Road / Higher Bore Street

higher bore works

Updates from the past two weeks

To continue operations on the widening of footways, we have removed the traffic islands, which will still allow free-flowing two-traffic. There is also now a temporary pedestrian crossing point in place to cater for the removal of those islands. We anticipate the new pedestrian crossing being installed in December. We’ve also continued operations on the kerbing and footway widening which are being undertaken in conjunction to one another. We anticipate this work running throughout the remainder of this scheme.

Two week look ahead

We will continue to progress in the direction of the town centre, working on small sections at a time to limit the number of parking spaces temporarily unavailable. Works will be sequenced along the lines of kerb realignment, installation of ducting (for underground cables), and footway widening including surfacing’

Lostwithiel Road and Omaha Road

Lostwithiel Road

Two week look ahead

Following a period of intense night operations to complete the road surfacing, we are due to commission the new toucan on the week commencing Monday 7 November, bringing this scheme to completion – four weeks ahead of me.

Priory Park

Two week look ahead

Over the coming weeks tree protection fencing is to be installed, and operations have now begun on the widening of footways near the public toilets by Priory Park. Moving into November and with Fireworks Night out of the way to avoid any disturbance, we will then begin working on the widening and surfacing of the footways leading from Priory Road and over the dam onto the skate park. We will also begin widening of the footpath running behind the football club and up to St Petroc’s School. Over the coming weeks we will also be working on the drainage for St Petroc’s well which links with our operations at Launceston Road. Pedestrian access will be maintained from Priory Road onto Priory Park, from an entry point further down the road towards Church Square.

Dates of upcoming drop in centre sessions are:

Location: Shire Hall, Vestibule Suite (inside building, first floor)

Thursday 3 November | 9am to 1.30pm
Tuesday 8 November | 9am to 1.30pm
Thursday 10 November | 9am to 1.30pm

Forthcoming town events

With Christmas just around the corner, for many, the festive calendar is one of the busiest times of the year. And we’ve taken extra care to ensure our works don’t stop the town of Bodmin from enjoying their favourite traditions. This week, our team will be coordinating their operations on the Priory Park scheme, to ensure there is no conflict for visitors to the Fireworks night. And moving further into November, the same level of consideration will be taken around Remembrance Parade and the Santa Fun Run, as well as the Christmas Lights - where we will be coordinating our work schedule on Crockwell Street to fit in accordingly.

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(Updated 17 October 2016)

Cormac Report #4

Church Square

What have we been up to:

The first stage of earthworks is now complete. Progress has been methodical and meticulous, due to operating near live underground services including a gas main, electric, water and telecoms. These serve a significant proportion of the town. In order to avoid any supply disruptions of these services to homes and businesses, we have taken great care whilst excavating around them to avoid damage. During this phase we’ve also diverted BT fibre optic communication cables (supplying broadband and telecoms) to aid future maintenance. We have also installed new drainage, which as part of the wider picture across multiple schemes will reduce the likelihood of flooding in the future.

church square

What to expect:

Having installed the base formwork on the leat we are currently fixing the steel reinforcement bars prior to installing the side shutters. The formwork and shutters will in effect create the mold into which we pour the concrete in order to achieve the required shape. We expect to pour concrete towards the end of the week. This will be followed by a week of ‘curing’ (hardening) time before applying a layer of waterproofing. We’ve also discovered an unexpected (and smaller) third leat running towards Honey street from the well. We are currently reviewing our options for protecting this with another slab. As we move towards the end of October, we will begin installing formwork in preparation for pouring the overall concrete base for the granite paving.

Dennison Road

What have we been up to:

Since the last newsletter the focus has remained on the leat. Having excavated and exposed the top of the leat, we also excavated behind the leat walls and poured additional concrete to thicken and reinforce them. With this done, we subsequently installed base formwork, tied in the steel reinforcement and installed side shutters as per the photo above in preparation for the concrete pour, which was completed on Friday. During this period we have also saw-cut the outlines of the new pedestrian crossings in preparation for excavation on the north side of the road. We have also installed new ducting across the road to accommodate future street lighting cables. Finally, we have started preparatory work for a temporary running lane in the next phase of works, during which we will expose the leat on the other side of the road.

dennison road

What to expect:

Having completed the concrete pour, we are now in a period of curing to allow the concrete to sufficiently harden before the application of waterproofing. Once this is done, the road will be reinstated. With the help of the temporary running lane mentioned above, we will switch the West-bound one -way lane from the current side it’s on in order to allow us to expose the other half of the leat. We will then follow the same process of reinforcement as before. There will also be similar groundworks to that of Church Square happening on Dennison Road over the coming weeks including; new drainage gullies, carrier drains, manholes and connections onto the existing drainage system. The new pedestrian/cyclist crossing points are to be excavated. These crossings will be made up of a reinforced concrete slab overlaid with granite paving.

Midway Road / Higher Bore Street

What have we been up to:

We have started this scheme early. Works so far have involved kerb realignments at the Midway Road junction to enable widening of the existing footways. It has been necessary to carry out these works under 3-way traffic lights to create safe working zones for the site team, whilst maintaining access for traffic.

What to expect:

Work to realign kerbs, widen and resurface footways will continue along Higher Bore Street over the coming months, moving in small sections in the direction of the town centre. We will be working on small sections at a time in order to limit the number of parking bays made temporarily inaccessible by our works. We will be working on both the northern and southern footways. Towards the end of October, we will begin the removal of the traffic Islands. This will require the use of temporary traffic light control, which will be removed for the subsequent phases of work. Temporary crossings will be in place for pedestrians.

Launceston Road and Priory Road

What have we been up to:

Initial drainage excavations were hampered by conflicts with a high volume of existing underground services (water, gas, electric and telecoms). Design changes have been made to accommodate these services, and diversions have been carried out where necessary.

What to expect:

Traffic lights will be in place along Priory Road over the coming months whilst essential works are undertaken on the south side of the roundabout.

Drainage and ducting (electric and telecoms) works are now progressing well, along with general earthworks, sub-basing and kerbing works. Drainage works across Priory Road and into Priory Park will soon be starting along with footpath improvement works within Priory Park. The aspects of this scheme will ultimately divert a large proportion of the rainwater runoff from Launceston Road into the Environment Agency’s flood control system within Priory Park. As a result, this will significantly reduce the amount of direct runoff flowing into the area of Church Square, therefore reducing flood risk in the years to come.

Lostwithiel Road

What have we been up to:

We are continuing with the installation of the new toucan traffic light crossing (for pedestrians and cyclists) under the railway bridge. More recently, this has involved the installation of new tactile paving. Works are progressing well and we expect to finish ahead of schedule.

Lostwithiel Road

What to expect: Wednesday

26 – Saturday 29 October – There will be night time road closures from Green Lane junction to Normandy Way junction (under the bridge) for road surfacing works to be undertaken. There will be the following diversion in place:

For HGVs – Trefry Roundabout to Crematorium Roundabout Small traffic can take Respryn Road back down through Normandy Way

We anticipate being able to complete road surfacing and lining works by the end of this month. The new crossing is due to be activated on Monday 7 November following formal compliance testing. Once road surfacing is complete we should be able to wrap up works on this scheme, and in good time.

Turf Street to Athelstan Road

This work is to create a three metre wide new cycle route from Priory Park to Athelstan Park and St. Nicholas Street, providing links to the National Cycle Route 3, and St Petroc’s School. What to expect: Towards the end of the month we will setup our site, with fencing installed to protect trees during our works. We will then begin vegetation clearance, and commence works on the new footways and cycle paths. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout, with footpath diversion adequately signposted.

(Updated 12 September 2016)

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Bodmin Town Council strongly supports the widening of footways, the narrowing of the carriageway and the envisaged reduction in vehicular speed to provide a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Narrower roads will provide a shorter crossing distance for pedestrians and slower moving traffic increases safety and reduces air pollution.

The range of road transport improvements will not only aesthetically improve some areas of the town, but it is also a statement of intent which demonstrates to new businesses that the town embraces change and is prepared to try new and innovative schemes to support town centre growth and regeneration.

There will be undoubted disruption and challenges in the months ahead as traffic flow will be diverted to accommodate works in the centre of the town. There is no quick or easy fix but whilst onsite workers will also address some existing infrastructure repairs to the leat in Dennison Road and address surface water issues at Priory Road / Launceston Road with new kerbs to catch and accept water from the highway, diverting water into Pen Dowr Meadow and the leat via a new pipe. This will reduce surface water issues in the Church Square area and should contribute to a reduced flood risk for businesses and properties in that part of the town. A ‘downstream defender’ or similar separation unit will be installed in the new pipe to decontaminate water from the highway before it enters the town leat.

There will be short-term pain occasioned by the works and which we as Bodmin residents will need to adapt to. This pain is considered necessary for the longer-term benefits. It is envisaged that the Bodmin Growth Deal scheme will be the catalyst for a period of exciting new growth for the town and an opportunity which also assists with linking the cycling hubs at Cardinham and Lanydrock with Bodmin and the Camel Trail.

Bodmin is still open for business and we need to support our traders and businesses through this period of disruption. Whilst journey times will increase and become that bit more frustrating given the complex diversions it is imperative that we continue to shop in Bodmin and support our town. To assist Bodmin Town Council will be introducing concessionary parking in the Priory Car Park from Friday 12 September 2016 as follows:

  • Priory I (short-stay area including bottom tier towards the War Memorial, middle tier and top tier) – 3 hours free parking;
  • Priory II (long-stay adjacent Football Clubhouse) – free all day.
Cornwall Council is also offering concessionary parking in its car parks from 12 September as follows:
  • Fore Street - (Short Stay) 3 hours free; (Long Stay) all day
  • Dennison Road - 3 hours free

In terms of what some local councillors have said about the scheme, these are as follows:

Councillor Lance Kennedy, the Mayor of Bodmin, said: “Bodmin is looking at a difficult year but the opportunities to business, employment and growth cannot be understated. Five tourist attractions, more than any other town, multi million pound business investments already under consideration are the signs of sustainable growth. Now is the time to plan for the future, prepare for the opportunities and reaffirm the towns growing stature."

Councillor Steve Rogerson, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Petroc, said: "It is good to see the councils working together both in the short term to support businesses and in the long term to support the whole of Bodmin."

Councillor Ann Kerridge, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Mary's, said: "I'm delighted that Cornwall council and Bodmin town council are working hard together to keep Bodmin open for business."

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