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Heavy rainfall causes further slippage at Gardenstown

A landslip that cut off an Aberdeenshire coastal village has slipped again after heavy rainfall.

The landslip first occurred overnight on 28 November last year, depositing debris from the cliff to the road below.

Since then the road has been closed due to the risk posed by the insecure hillside, and last month Bam Ritchies started investigation work.

Continual movement on the existing landslip occurred earlier this week after heavy rain caused more material to move and the partial collapse of a temporary retaining wall.

In a statement Aberdeenshire Council confirmed that engineers had been onsite through the night on Tuesday, monitoring the landslip and despite heavy rainfall, there was no significant deterioration.

“A temporary wall built by us to contain falling debris from the initial slip in November has collapsed under the weight of loose material and we have had to extend the cordon around the closed road in the interest of safety.

“Our geotechnical consultants, currently working on site to look at long term solutions, will give us an updated expert view on the risk being posed to allow us to take further decisions.”

Gardenstown landslip

Gardenstown landslip

Three households close to the slippage were offered safety advice and made arrangements to stay elsewhere.

“We will also share our technical advice with them to allow them to consider their next steps” added the council.



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