21st March 2018
The wall leading from Gilbert Street to Yorkhill Park has had a section collapse. We understand how important this route is for parents taking kids to the park, and for cyclists, as it’s step-free. Unfortunately the rest of the wall (which is retaining) is in a dangerous condition and further collapses are possible, so the NHS Estates team have had to take emergency action and seal off the path.
We have asked for diversionary signage to be displayed and have highlighted the importance of the path to the NHS.
This issue is not going to be resolved in the short term as significant structural repair, and/or potentially regrading of the banking above the path will be required. A structural surveyor should be out in the next week or so. Following this we will have more information.
Update (28th November 2019)
The NHS has appointed contractors to undertake works to the boundary wall in order to reinstate public access to the footpath linking Gilbert Street to Centurion Way.
The proposal is to demolish and replace the Gilbert Street end of the wall with repairs to the remaining sections. The ground to the hospital side of the wall is to be re-graded with vegetation removal and drainage improvements. The overall height of the wall will be reduced to suit the re-graded slope.
The proposals have been discussed with the Council’s Tree Officer who is satisfied that the tree removal is required to effect the repair and prevent further damage to the wall.
Our Community Council has made contact with the NHS to ask for the removed stone to be retained and used within our community as part of our Cycling Village project. Additionally, recognising how important this path is to our community, we have asked for a timeline of events.
Update (11th August 2019)
The NHS have advised that the works package is currently out to tender with responses due back in a couple of weeks. The proposal is to demolish and replace the Gilbert Street end of the wall with repairs to the remaining sections. The ground to the hospital side of the wall is to be re-graded with vegetation removal and drainage improvements. The overall height of the wall will be reduced to suit the re-graded slope.
A building warrant for the works was granted on 31 July and works are currently scheduled to start mid to late autumn, for an approximate construction period of 12 weeks.
Works to upgrade the path and to provide lighting will be delivered by the Council as part of the City Deal funded works which are likely to start in early 2020.
These works will complement our Cycling Village proposal.