GALLERY: Works to demolish homes to reopen Warwick street underway

By James Smith

12th Feb 2024 | Local News

Demolition works well underway on Priory Mews (image by Geoff Ousbey)
Demolition works well underway on Priory Mews (image by Geoff Ousbey)

New photos have shown the quick progress of Severn Trent in demolishing some homes on the edge of a Warwick street.

Works to knock down the buildings on Priory Mews started last month, some two years after safety concerns around the road were first raised.

Thoughts to be subsidence caused by a burst water main, there have been safety concerns around the road since February 2022.

Councillors at Warwickshire County Council (WCC) last year revealed progress was on hold until Severn Trent Water cut a deal with the last remaining homeowner.

But now demolition works are underway and are expected to last around 10 weeks.

Issues around Priory Road were first reported in February 2022 (image by Geoff Ousbey)

A Severn Trent spokesperson said: "While the cause and responsibility for the issues at Priory Mews is undetermined, to act in the best interest of those affected, we stepped in to help manage it to bring things to a resolution as quickly as possible.

"While there are factors involved that restrict the pace of this, demolition on some of the houses is now underway.

"We're continuing to work with other parties involved and would like to apologise to anyone who has been impacted by this ongoing issue."

Last year councillors said there was a 'significant void' under the road (image by Geoff Ousbey)

Last August Cllr Jan Matecki told WCC there was a "significant void under the carriageway" that will need to be filled could only be done once Severn Trent has demolished the four houses on either side of the road. 

"The road cannot be reopened until the work to fill the void has been done and this cannot be progressed with the heavy machinery required until the houses have been demolished," he said last summer."

He added "I can assure you it is not possible to make the repair without the demolition of the homes so it is not possible, as you suggest, to make the repair and claim back the costs from Severn Trent."

The works are expected to last around 10 weeks (image by Geoff Ousbey)


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