Further Bishopstone Glen landslip causing concerns
We are very concerned to see there have been further landslips at Bishopstone Glen in recent days, following previous incidents earlier this year.
Our engineers are visiting the Glen regularly to monitor the situation. Although the bridge itself is still standing, its supports have been exposed and this will cause it to be unpredictably unstable.
The area is not safe for the public to visit and we have put fencing in place to prevent access, but unfortunately this has been smashed down or had locks cut on several occasions. We strongly urge people to respect the closure in order to maintain public safety.
We are currently considering options to manage the area, both in the immediate future given the seriousness of the situation, but also for the longer term.
It must be remembered that it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is nationally and internationally recognised for its geology and wildlife value, but is also subject to natural geological processes, which have been exacerbated by heavy rainfall.
This limits how we are able to manage the site, and we will be advised by a geological consultant who has carried out a survey. Their report will set out options for protecting the area and that will be available in due course.
There is lots of public interest in what is one of the most picturesque parts of the district, and we are committed to working with local residents on its future.
But we also want to stress that safety is our number one priority and we will not hesitate to take any steps necessary in order to achieve this.
Published: 23 June 2021