Landslip work to start 3 years on

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CONTRACTORS have been given the go-ahead to repair damage caused by a landslip at the Spa more than three years ago.

Scarborough Council has appointed Chesterfield-based CAN Geotechnical to carry out landslide remediation and stabilisation works to the rear of the Spa.

The area has been partly closed off since November 2007 following a landslip in which thousands of gallons of water cascaded down the cliffs from a burst water pipe.

The pipe carried supplies about 200ft down from Esplanade to the Spa complex, and as a result of the burst some of the water seeped into the Grand Hall.

Several footpaths were closed for safety reasons by the council after they were covered in huge falls of mud, soil and rubble. In some cases pavement was completely washed away.

Now, more than three years later the council has agreed a solution to the problem.

CAN Geotechnical will soon start work installing netting and soil nails in a move to naturally restore stability to the cliff.

However, although many of the closed paths will reopen, one will remain permanently shut off.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, portfolio holder for Environment, said: “Following the burst main the Spa was issued with a temporary water supply, however a permanent main has now been put in as part of the Spa development.

“Since then we have been looking at engineering solutions to the problem.

“We went out for tender, and they all came back within budget.

“This seems a straight forward solution, and we are enabling nature to work with an engineered solution.

“We also had to liaise carefully with the Friends of South Cliff Garden and Scarborough Civic Society to make sure we were fully open with them so they were fully aware what our intentions were.

“While it may seem a long time, we haven’t rushed it, we needed to make sure we got it right as they are historic gardens and paths down there.”

The council approved to appoint CAN Geotechnical during a meeting behind closed doors.

The cost of the contract has not been revealed.