Landslide repairs to start

The closed road at Guyzance.
The closed road at Guyzance.

Work is due to start next month on repairing a landslip, after £150,000 of funding has been secured.

The job is to be carried out on the slip close to a section of the B6341 between Rothbury and Thropton.

It was discovered in January and one lane of the road has been closed, with temporary traffic lights in place.

But Coun Steven Bridgett has told the Gazette that work is due to start in May.

He hopes it will be completed by June or July.

Coun Bridgett said that the money has been secured within this year’s Local Transport Plan and contractors have been appointed.

Meanwhile, the county council has given an update on the landslip on the B6344 at Cragend, near to Rothbury, which happened on Boxing Day.

The authority has said that the access roads to the borehole locations on the National Trust land are almost complete.

The ground investigation teams started drilling the boreholes which are located along the B6344 highway and within National Trust land this week.

However, two of the boreholes located on the road have been delayed to clarify the constraints of a nearby badger sett.

Ecologists believe the sett may be vacant, but will conduct further observations.

If required, a license may be required before drilling can proceed in these two locations.

Discussions are still ongoing with ecologists, the drilling company, land owner, and geotechnical consultants to determine the locations and methods of reaching the borehole locations on the SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest).

Advice from the ecologists is being received for location of the access roads through Coquetside Plantation to the west of the SSSI.

The access roads across the SSSI land will be a variety of constructions to overcome the diverse range of ground conditions. Stone construction will be used on steep slopes outside of the SSSI and it is hoped that a large portion of the routes can adopt bog matting laid directly on top of the grass. All of this will be to the assent of Natural England.