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Pelaw Woods Landslide Update – Sept 2014

Latest bulletin from Durham County Council on the Pelaw Woods Landslide (Weardale Way Section 10)

“…Despite our best efforts to get to a solution as soon as possible it is taking longer than anticipated but please be assured we are working our way to a result. 

As you’ll be aware we commissioned a detailed geotechnical survey which was carried out last winter and early spring.  With the scale of the landslide a full understanding of what is going on is necessary before working out the possible solutions.   The report recommended 2 options from a more expensive soil nail slope stabilisation proposal (approx. £750,000) to a simpler, but still costly (approx. £250,000) re-grading with more limited stabilisation works.  In terms of paths and public access, and whatever the landslide solution, we would be expecting the re-instatement of the riverside path, improvement of the main east-west path through Pelaw Woods (the one subjected to vehicles during the monitoring works over the winter), a re-opening of the terrace path (although this may end up with a dip as it may not be feasible to be able to build it up again in the vicinity of the landslip), and the replacement of the seat with the cathedral view.

Within the next week we will be appointing a geotechnical designer to come up with detailed designs and estimates of costs for the repair work.  This will be used initially to secure funds from the County Reserve and then for procurement purposes.

As the landslide is significant and it requires the spending of substantial amounts of public money the process of reaching the solution is protracted and we ask for everyone’s continued patience.   The question of timeframe is one that I can’t easily answer but assuming that funding is secured I would hope that works would begin within the next 6 – 12 months.  We realise that this is much delayed to what we have previously thought.”