The Foxdale granite kerb edging that Peel resident Greg Joughin hoped to keep in Atholl Street have been removed by the Department of Infrastructure.
Due to the fact there is ‘some historic merit in retaining the kerbs’, the DoI has decided to ‘store the sound kerbs that have been lifted and re-use them together with other historic granite kerbs in a planned regeneration project’ in Peel.
Mr Joughin thought the small number of hand-made kerb edging would have stayed in place after he attended an ‘eleventh hour’ meeting with the DoI, Peel MHK Tim Crookall and Peel Town Commissioners Eric Beale to look at the kerb edging.
Mr Joughin said: ‘They are all in perfect condition and will last, literally, for ever. The corner stone outside the Whitehouse is of particular interest as it has been hewn from a single block of granite.’
The kerb edging has now been removed and plans to put in new Chinese ‘heritage’ kerbs will begin shortly.
Mr Joughin said he met with Tim Crookall MHK who informed him that a decision was recently made by the Minister David Cretney who cited ‘continuity within the street’ in his reasoning for removing the kerbstones.
Mr Joughin said: ‘In fact both the new and old kerbs are made of same material; granite. Although they have their differences, they are also quite similar. There is no reason to remove old ones they are in great nick! I am incensed by the Minister’s ignorance and arrogance.’
Along with the new Chinese granite kerbs, the pavements in Atholl Street are being laid with red concrete paviours.
Due to technical reasons, the new paviors would not sit along side the Old Foxdale granite kerbs.
At last week’s Peel Commissioners’ public meeting commissioner Alan Jones, said that the board should keep pressing the DoI to come up with a place for the stones to be used.
He added: ‘I do worry what happens if they go somewhere and get lost in future years.’
Richard Pearson, director of highways, said: ‘The options for refurbishing the footway were to remove the existing kerbs and relay them to the correct line and level and then to reconstruct the footway or alternatively to use new granite kerbs.
‘In weighing the options we knew that even with care, some of the existing kerbs would not have been able to be lifted without a few of them cracking and breaking. Sometimes they are already cracked and this is not apparent until they are moved.
‘In losing some lengths of kerb we would not have had sufficient kerb to replace the whole lengths involved and therefore we would have had to use a mixture of new and old kerbs which we believe would have detracted from the completed project.’