The Bordeaux appeal court has upheld a decision to stop construction of a bypass around Beynac et Cazenac that passed through an area of great natural beauty.
People have campaigned long and hard for this result, stating that it would be an environmental disaster taking a major road through one of France’s Unesco biosphere reserves.
Work was suspended a year ago following the Conseil d’Etat request for further review. Dordogne departmental council appealed but the decision was upheld with instructions that the site must be returned to its original state within a year.
This comes two years after the Dordogne prefecture approved the thirty two million bypass, half of which has already been spent. Dordogne departmental council intend to appeal to a higher court and request that the demolition of the work already done be put on hold pending further appeal.
Part of the construction already undertaken.
The pillars for the bridge were nearly completed when construction had to stop.
A lot of work is needed to return the above to its natural state. I am thinking more than a year but I could be wrong.