Delay cut for work to Rothbury landslip

A tendering process to the European Union for bids to repair the Rothbury landslip will now only take four weeks to complete, instead of up to nine months.

Because of the cost of work to repair the slip on the B6342 at Cragend, a tendering bid has to be submitted to the EU.

This would have taken around six to nine months for Northumberland County Council to complete because the framework for the process would need to be developed.

But the Environment Agency has given its approval for the council to create the designs for the project and submit them through its procurement process.

Coun Steven Bridgett who represents the area, said: “I am delighted about this.

“I have got to take my hat off to Simon Rudman on the engineering team at County Hall. He knows businesses in Rothbury and I had concerns about the European tendering process and he has gone out of his way to do this.

“I am also really grateful to the Environment Agency for allowing us to use their framework which cuts the time down.”