Is this the worst landscaping project ever carried out?

The corner of Mines Road and Main Road in Foxdale. A property was knocked in May and the area has been made into a hard stand, prompting complaints from residents

The corner of Mines Road and Main Road in Foxdale. A property was knocked in May and the area has been made into a hard stand, prompting complaints from residents

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With its uneven slope of ugly black asphalt, even the three wooden planters and relocated Millennium stone could save this site from looking anything but an eyesore.

The Old Tackle Box on the corner of Mines Road in Foxdale was demolished in May, and villagers are horrified by what has been put in its place.

The demolition takes place on May 21. Picture: Mike Wade

The demolition takes place on May 21. Picture: Mike Wade

New MHK for Glenbafa, Geoffrey Boot, in his first contribution to Tynwald, asked what plans there are to complete the remedial and landscaping works.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne replied that the current surface was temporary until junction improvements works were carried out as part of a major road reconstruction scheme.

He told Tynwald: ‘The site works undertaken following demolition of the Old Tackle Box are now near to completion. Planters have been installed on site and only minor snagging works remain to be undertaken by the contractor.

‘All works have been delivered in line with the approved planning drawing.

‘A Bitmac finish was chosen as a temporary covering prior to the proposed junction improvement scheme in order to seal in any loose material, to alleviate concerns raised by the local commissioners.’

He said the plan was to reconstruct the A3 through Foxdale next year after the Festival of Motorcycling. He said the section of the road between Costain’s Yard and Dove Cottage was in a particularly poor condition and only a full reconstruction was suitable.

A large surface water drain is also needed to improve drainage.

The scheme will include junction improvements to Mines Road which will require planning permission.

Residents, businesses and the local authority will be consulted before work begins.

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