'The Great Wall of Calais' could be stopped as local mayor promises to block construction

Mayor of Calais threatens to postpone building 'The Great Wall of Calais'

The wall would replace the current fencing near the road (Getty)

Friday, September 23, 2016

The mayor of Calais has threatened to postpone the bulilding of a new wall in the town designed to help stop migrants crossing the channel.

Natacha Bouchart said she would halt the work on Tuesday, due to the French government not responding about environmental issues.

She originally said she supported the idea of the wall being built, and claimed the northern side of the Jungle camp should not exist. Bouchart also said work must continue to protect the road leading to the port until the camp is removed. 

She is now concerned that since Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced his plans to destroy the camp, the wall is not needed.

Construction of the wall, dubbed 'The Great Wall of Calais', is supposed to be funded by the UK at a cost of £2 million. 

The mayor has also pointed out that the area of the wall is a classified protection zone of urban architectural heritage and landscape.

In her statement she said there was no need for the people of Calais to see barriers and barbed wire everywhere, and that they are fed up with feeling completely trapped.

She also added she would take the issue to tribunal if needed.