Landslip damage: £100,000 bill?

THE bill for repairing damage from a major landslide behind the Spa could reach as much as £100,000.

The problem was caused last month when thousands of gallons of water cascaded down the cliffs from a burst water pipe.

Scarborough Council was forced to close off several footpaths for safety reasons after they were covered in huge falls of mud, soil and rubble.

A report to be discussed by the council’s cabinet on Tuesday says a geotechnical engineering consultant will have to be called in to provide expert advice.

The report, written by the council’s group engineer Neil Corrie, adds: “The access for plant to the site for ground investigations and subsequent works is difficult and as such elements of the remedial works may well have to be undertaken by hand, a fact which will inevitably be reflected in the likely costs.

“The funding required to develop the ground investigations, design, supervision and construction is estimated to cost up to 100,000.”

Mr Corrie said the landslide was first reported by a member of the public on November 19.

“A subsequent visit revealed the landslip had been caused by a damaged water main which supplied The Spa from a Yorkshire Water main located beneath Esplanade,” said Mr Corrie.

“The water supply was turned off and a temporary supply installed.

“Yorkshire Water has confirmed that the water pipe which burst part way down the coastal slope is a private supply and the responsibility for its maintenance rests with the council.”

The cabinet is being recommended to pay for most of the repairs from the council’s insurance fund.