Swift action taken by Lewes District Council officers has meant that almost all residents impacted by an unstable part of the Lewes ‘Town Wall’ have been told they are able to safety return to their homes.
The issues with the wall were reported by a local stone masonry and conservation specialist working in the area. Lewes District Council Building Control officers were quickly mobilised, working with key partner agencies to safeguard the residents and properties at risk.
The measures including putting monitoring equipment, scaffolding, fencing and a welfare unit in place, while support was given to the residents affected including accommodation, with frequent updates being provided on the developing situation.
A council spokesperson said:
“We do not underestimate the concern and inconvenience these residents have experienced and it is a great relief to know that most have been able to return home much sooner than was anticipated. We sincerely thank all residents affected for their patience and understanding while officers and contractors responded to the immediate risks.
“We are still supporting one resident with accommodation until we are satisfied it is safe for them to return home. Work to repair the wall will now begin in earnest, with every effort being made minimise further disruption.
“Thank you to all officers and partners involved for their rapid, effective and sensitive response to this difficult situation.” With the wall stabilised, further survey work and investigation into the wall ownership can continue. The fencing and welfare unit have been removed, allowing access to the properties. This also means New Road will be open in good time for the annual year 6 Patina ‘Moving On’ parade to follow its usual route.