Wight Building Materials’ new sign at the St George’s Down plant. Picture by Laura Holme.
THE firm behind stalled plans for an asphalt plant in Cowes and the parent company of Bardon Vectis have joined forces.
Eurovia and Aggregate Industries launched joint venture company, Wight Building Materials, to supply asphalt, concrete and aggregate materials to Island businesses and service the 25-year highways PFI project.
The company has made its first deliveries of asphalt to highways contractor Island Roads, which this month embarked on the PFI’s first tranche of road resurfacing, and purchased a new asphalt plant for Bardon Vectis’s Blackwater Quarry site.
The new director of Wight Building Materials, Simon Willis, said: "On Monday, I was delighted to welcome all staff to the new company and it was nice to meet employees and share their excitement in this new venture.
"I look forward to working with the team to drive forward the investment and improvements for the Island."
The deal was struck between the two companies following a public outcry over Eurovia’s plans for an asphalt plant at Medina Wharf.
The controversy intensified after Bardon Vectis won planning permission to upgrade its Blackwater site, at St George’s Down, enabling it to produce high-quality asphalt for the PFI contract.
This sparked criticism a second plant was not needed and would only blight the environment.
A Eurovia spokesman said the Medina plan had not yet been abandoned entirely.
"Although St George’s Down has approval for a replacement asphalt plant, some minor amendments are still required in order to meet the demands of the PFI. We have met the planning authority to discuss these developments but we need to ensure the relevant approvals are in place prior to withdrawing our planning application at Medina Wharf," said the spokesman.