Another great photo from Rob Coles who emailed to say:
‘Work started today, Wednesday, to remove the top of the damaged pillar at the top of Ralph Allen Drive. I was told it was for safety reasons pending a decision on how to resolve the problem.’
Meanwhile, the same operation was photographed by Sharron von Tutschek who wrote:
‘I was sure I had seen an article on your Bath Newseum site about the damage to the pillar at the top of Ralph Allen drive? Maybe I read it elsewhere, if so, please disregard this email.
Whilst driving through Combe Down this morning, I noticed that Ralph Allen drive was closed and there was a crane and a group of workmen lifting the top of the pillar off… see attached pictures.
So, it appears that no matter who drew attention to this, it is being fixed and rather promptly too. Merry Christmas to you.‘
The same to you Sharron and indeed it is a story we’ve been following on Bath Newseum. You may be interested to know that Jane Williams from the B&NES press office told me:
‘We thought you would be interested to know, having already written about it, that the damaged gate pier at the top of Ralph Allen Drive has been removed as a temporary safety precaution and is in safe storage.
Officers are reviewing options for a permanent repair to reduce the risk of future vehicle strikes.’