Rothbury landslip likely to worsen over the winter

A landslip in Northumberland is continuing to develop and likely to worsen over the winter say Northumberland County Council chiefs

Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett at the landslip
Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett at the landslip

A landslip near a Northumberland village is likely to worsen over the winter, council chiefs revealed yesterday.

Police meanwhile have said they will be carrying out patrols at the site close to Rothbury to ensure people do not trespass and put themselves at risk.

The surface of the B6344 at Crag End began to move on Boxing Day, before a section of the carriageway collapsed, forcing Northumberland County Council officials to close the road.

In June, the Government announced funding would be provided for the £7.5m scheme to rebuild a 300-metre length of the route.

Initial work has begun at the site although a contractor has yet to be appointed and it is likely to be well into 2014 before the road reopens.

A statement from the council yesterday revealed the slip is “continuing to develop.”

It added: “The landslip, which occurred on Boxing Day last year, is likely to worsen over the coming winter months. The ground will be wetter in winter, particularly after the dry summer, and is likely to move more readily.”

The council revealed in July that security guards had been brought in amid reports of trespassers at the slip.

Now, Northumbria Police has said it will be “monitoring the site to prevent a public safety risk and unlawful access.”

Alnwick Neighbourhood Sgt Graham Vickers added: “We’d urge people to keep away from the area while work is ongoing and the road is closed. Anyone trespassing is putting themselves at risk and officers will be carrying out patrols in the area in order to ensure people adhere.”

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