WITH just two months to go before the start of the Isle of Wight’s multi-million pound highways PFI and question marks over a new Island asphalt plant, contingency plans are still being drawn up to supply the surfacing.
This week, Vinci Concessions, which is responsible for sourcing asphalt for the project, again refused to reveal where it plans to get it, when it starts work on the PFI on April 1.
In a statement, the company said: "Eurovia Roadstone is working with the Isle of Wight planning department to secure permission for an asphalt plant at Medina Wharf.
"Contingency plans are being developed to ensure Vinci Concessions is able to supply asphalt in order to meet its contractual commitments and deliver the Highways PFI, from April 1."
When pressed by the County Press, Vinci said several plans were being considered but it was unable to elaborate because of commercial sensitivities.
A spokesperson added the company was confident it would be able to provide asphalt for the contract.
Questions were raised on the issue at a public meeting, at Cowes Enterprise College, on Wednesday.
Nick Goddard, of Island Roads, the consortium which will manage the PFI contract, said: "I have a commitment to the Isle of Wight Council to deliver the project. I am very confident I am able to do that."
It was said 47 miles of roads in Gurnard, East Cowes, Cowes, Whippingham and Northwood would be renewed by 2020.