Jersey constable says collapsed road 'may not re-open'

Hole in St Clement The hole has been temporarily repaired

Related Stories

A road in Jersey that has collapsed for the second time in a year could be closed permanently.

Part of Rue du Maupertuis collapsed by Clos de la Mare and the road leading inland is closed.

St Clement Constable Len Norman says he can not keep putting public money into repairing the hole.

He said the parish is mainly marshland and that over building in the area has caused the road to become unstable.

Constable Norman said: "Unless we can find a solution we might have to close the road permanently, I can't keep spending money fixing a hole in a road that is just going to open again a few months later."

Over building

A hole opened in the same stretch of road about three years ago and it took the parish 12 months to find out what had caused the problem.

The road closed throughout that time and the constable said it was thought the problem had been solved, only for the hole to re-open again about six months ago.

Constable Norman added: "What is going on underneath the road we don't know until we conduct more investigations. It is caused by water but where it is coming from and going we don't know. Most of St Clement is a marsh, it is low lying.

"It has been high on the agenda for three or four years and is one of those problems the best engineers in the island can't resolve.

"One has to question whether it can be resolved, whether we have built too much in the area and the infrastructure is just struggling to cope."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Jersey


St Helier

19 °C 13 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cerro RicoSatanic mines

    Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain

  • Nefertiti MenoeWar of words

    The woman who sparked a row over 'speaking white'

  • Oil pumpPump change

    What would ending the US oil export ban do to petrol prices?

  • Brazilian Scene, Ceara, in 1893Sir Snapshot

    19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • SailingGame on

    BBC Capital discovers why certain sports seem to have a special appeal for those with deep pockets


  • European Union's anti-terrorism chief Gilles de KerchoveHARDtalk Watch

    Anti-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove on the threat from returning Islamic State fighters

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.