Gardenstown landslip - media statements

View Gardenstown landslip media statements in reverse time order. You can also read the latest media releases.

18th June 2018 - First phase of Gardenstown landslip protection complete as final nails secure mesh to slope

The first phase of work to secure the unstable slope above Gardenstown’s Harbour Road has been completed with the final soil nails installed to secure a large protective mesh.

The mesh will help restrict further movement and degradation of the slope, preventing materials falling onto Harbour Road.

Harbour Road was reopened at the end of April, with some short-term closures, while engineers delivered the preferred interim solution to stabilise the slip, protecting the road and properties below.

The completion of the stabilisation means that Harbour Road will return to full width with the removal of the temporary block wall.

A total of 120 soil nails and stabilisation mesh were installed, covering the total area of the landslip.

Foliage has already started to grow on the site, and over the coming months is expected to cover the mesh completely. Several hundred poppy seeds have also been planted in the middle of the slope on behalf of the Heritage Centre, a locally run group.

Head of Roads, Landscape and Waste Services Philip McKay said 'I am pleased to see that the initial work to stabilise the landslip has been completed. A great deal of work has gone into this phase of the works. Thank you to all the staff and contractors who worked on the project. Also, thank you to the residents of Gardenstown for their patience whilst the work has been underway.'

The slope will continue to be monitored and discussions will be held on possible solutions for further stabilisation of the slope if required.

1st June 2018 - temporary closures of Harbour Road

There will be some temporary closures of Harbour Road in Gardenstown next week, to allow the installation of the last of the mesh being used as an interim solution to tackle the village's landslip.

The work next week will see the removal of 130 interlocking blocks currently forming a retaining wall to hold back any debris at the side of the carriageway, as well as the temporary fencing panels.

The closures will also allow the safe drilling of the bottom row of soil nails, which will allow the last of the mesh to be installed.

The following road closure times have been decided in consultation with Stagecoach to minimise disruption to public transport: 

  • Wednesday, 6th June 9:25 -12:00 and 14:05 – 17:30
  • Thursday, 7th June 9:25 -12:00 and 14:05 – 17:30
  • Friday, 8th June 8 9:25 -12:00 and 14:05 – 17:30

Delays will be kept to a minimum whenever possible, but there will be no vehicular or pedestrian access for the periods specified above.

The afternoon school bus at 15:55 will turn at the turning area where Main Street meets Harbour Street. It is imperative that this area is kept clear of parked vehicles.

Access for emergency services will be facilitated if required.

If anyone has any pre-organised deliveries of fuel, building materials planned over these days please contact Jonathan Duncan on 01467 535314 or email jonathan.duncan@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

80% of the soil nails have now been drilled into the face using the mobile drilling ‘skid’ rig with depths to competent rock varying from 0.6m down to 8m.

Upon reaching bedrock the boreholes in the face are continued to a minimum depth of 3m into competent rock and the nails are bonded into the bores with grout.

The grout in the initial nails has now reached working strength and the first two sections of meshing have been installed. The remaining mesh will be fitted over the coming week.

Work will continue on site from 8am-6pm daily on a 12 day rotation, with every second weekend designated as a non-work period. This coming weekend is a non-working weekend.

25th May 2018 - overall number of soil nails required now installed

Work to deal with the landslip affecting Gardenstown's Harbour Road is progressing well, with a quarter of the overall number of soil nails required now installed.

Thirty of 120 soil nails have now been drilled into the face of the slope using the mobile drilling ‘skid’ rig (see video),  which will then be used to secure a mesh system over the affected area. 

Gardenstown is still accessible and ready to welcome visitors into the summer season as the work progresses.

Harbour Road was reopened full time at the end of April while engineers deliver the preferred interim solution to stabilise the slip, protecting the road and properties below.

The road remains open 24hrs a day -  interim inspections are carried out on a dynamic schedule dependent on weather and the continued reduction of risk as the works progress.

Around 40 tonnes of loose rock and soil was removed, along with vegetation, prior to work on the slope face starting.

On reaching bedrock, the boreholes in the face are continued to a minimum depth of 3m into competent rock and nails are bonded into the resultant bores with grout.

Soil nailing operations began on 13 May and are expected to take 23 working days to complete.

Works for the remainder of the project are focusing on the installation of the remaining soil anchors.

Work will continue on site from 8am-6pm daily on a 12 day rotation, with every second weekend designated as a non-work period. This coming weekend is a working weekend.

The exception to this is on Sundays, when drilling will be stopped between 10.30am-12.30pm and between 5.30-7.30pm during church services.

During the works there may be times when access is delayed due to delivery/movement of plant and equipment, or where it is necessary to lower loose material down the slope.

Shorter periods of closure may also be necessary to accommodate works on site which pose a potential risk, such as the movement of large rocks or plant.

These closures are governed by a traffic light system, which will also operate should movement of the slope above pose a risk to traffic.

Road users should obey any red light until an inspection is carried out by site staff and the traffic light system reset. Once the mesh work has been completed the lights will be removed.

10th May 2018 - work progresses to deal with the landslip

Gardenstown's Harbour Road remains open while work progresses well to deal with the landslip in the village and contractors have given an update on progress.

The road was reopened full time at the end of April while engineers deliver the preferred interim solution to stabilise the slip, protecting the road and properties below.

It is intended to allow the road to continue to be opened, unsupervised.

The council's contractor is installing steel mesh netting on the slope using six-metre long soil nails with a compressed-air powered drill rig.

Works at the crest of the slope have now been completed with the installation of 12 vertical soil nails down through varying depths of soil to bedrock (4m–12m).

Upon reaching bedrock the boreholes were continued to a minimum depth of 4m into competent rock, with the nails bonded into the resultant bores with grout.

Works for the remainder of the project will now focus on the installation of approximately 140 soil anchors in the slope face to tension the mesh.

De-vegetation and the clearing of loose debris from the slope has also been completed. This included the removal of a large tree at the base of the slope and two from the hill crest.

Around 40 tonnes of loose rock and soil was removed in preparation for the installation of the soil nails, grout and mesh.

Work will continue on site from 8am-6pm daily on a 12 day rotation, with every second weekend designated as a non-work period.

The exception to this is on Sundays, when drilling will be stopped between 10.30am-12.30pm and between 5.30-7.30pm during church services.

There will be no work on-site today (Thursday, May between noon and 4pm).

During the works there may be times when access is delayed due to delivery/movement of plant and equipment, or where it is necessary to lower loose material down the slope.

Shorter periods of closure may also be necessary to accommodate works on site which pose a potential risk, such as the movement of large rocks or plant.

These closures are governed by a traffic light system, which will also operate should movement of the slope above pose a risk to traffic.

Road users should obey any red light until an inspection is carried out by site staff and the traffic light system reset. Once the mesh work has been completed the lights will be removed.

3rd May 2018 - Harbour Road remains open while work progresses to deal with the landslip

Gardenstown's Harbour Road remains open while work progresses to deal with the landslip in the village, with local businesses and the community ready to welcome tourists into the summer season.

The road was reopened full time last Friday (27th April) while engineers continue to deliver the preferred interim solution to stablilise the slip, protecting the road and properties below.

The council's contractor has been preparing to install steel mesh netting on the slope using six-metre long soil nails.

A compressed-air powered drill rig is now in place at the top of the slope, drilling vertical boreholes into bedrock to allow specialist ground anchors to be attached.

It is anticipated 11 anchors will be needed - the mesh will be secured to these and they will also be used to secure the drilling rig when it is operating on the slope to install anchors to tension the mesh.

Work will continue on site from 8am to 6pm daily on a 12 day rotation, with no working every second weekend.

The exception to this is on Sundays, when drilling will be stopped between 10.30am-12.30pm and between 5.30pm and 7.30pm during church services.

Throughout the works there may times when access is delayed due to delivery/movement of plant and equipment, or where it is necessary to lower loose material down the slope.

Shorter periods of closure may also be necessary to accommodate works on site which pose a potential risk, such as the movement of large rocks or plant.

These closures are governed by a traffic light system, which will also operate should movement of the slope above pose a risk to traffic.

Road users should obey any red light until an inspection is carried out by site staff and the traffic light system reset. Once the mesh work has been completed the lights will be removed.

27th April 2018 - Gardenstown slope stabilisation works - update

Gardenstown's Harbour Road will be open 24-hours a day from today at noon, as work begins to stabilise the landslip affecting the village.

The council's contractor, BAM Ritchies, is now on site and following delivery of plant and materials, will start work to install steel mesh netting on the slope using six-metre long soil nails.

This will reduce the risk of further landslides and is expected to take seven weeks to complete.

During the works there may times when access is delayed due to delivery/movement of plant and equipment, or where it is necessary to lower loose material down the slope.

Shorter periods of closure may also be necessary to accommodate works on site which pose a potential risk, such as the movement of large rocks or plant.

These closures would be governed by a traffic light system being installed, which will also operate should movement of the slope above pose a risk to traffic.

Road users should obey any red light until an inspection is carried out by site staff and the traffic light system reset. Once the mesh work has been completed the lights will be removed.

19th April 2018 - The opening times for Harbour Road at Gardenstown this weekend have been agreed, subject to inspections

The slope will be monitored and, if safe to do so, the road will be open on the following times and dates:

Fri, Apr 20: 1pm-6pm
Sat, Apr 21: 8am-6pm
Sun, Apr 22: 8am-6pm
Mon, Apr 23: 8am-1pm

They will take place ahead of work starting next Monday (April 23) on an interim engineering solution to tackle the landslip in the village.

On completion of this work, which involves soil nailing and the use of mesh, it should be possible for the road to safely return to being open for unrestricted access.

The contract has been awarded to BAM Ritchies and it is estimated it will take seven weeks to complete.

A slope monitoring system and other safety measures will be installed and will allow the road to open fully (but under traffic light control) from Friday, April 27. The monitoring system will be linked to traffic lights which can stop access should any movement in the slope be detected.

With the safety measures in place it is hoped the road can remain open during the subsequent installation of the six metre long soil nails and steel meshing system.

Another drop in session will be held for local residents at the Dreel Hall on Wednesday, April 25 from 9am-8pm to give an update on progress with the works and to answer any questions.

Representatives from the Roads and Area Manager’s teams will be on hand along with our consultants (Atkins) and contractors (BAM Ritchies).

It should be noted that a formal traffic order extending the road closure has recently been published indicating that the road will be closed right through to August 31.

This order has been processed to allow any further ‘emergency’ closures to meet legal requirements, but the order would only be implemented in the event of further slippage or safety issues with the works. Any road closure will be clearly indicated by site signage and/or traffic lights.

15th April 2018 - Council chooses option for interim works to reopen Gardenstown road affected by landslip, work to start next week

An option has been chosen for interim works to tackle the landslip at Gardenstown which has restricted access to the lower part of the village.

Further analysis of potential options to allow the road to open safely was carried out by the council's consultants, Atkins, with an options report submitted to Aberdeenshire Council on Thursday, April 5.

This report was reviewed last week and on Wednesday (April 11) The council decided to progress with option C from the report, which involves soil nailing and the use of mesh.

On completion of the works it should be possible for the road to safely return to being open for unrestricted access.

The contract for the work has been awarded to BAM Ritchies and they intend to start onsite next week (Monday, April 23) and estimate it will take seven weeks to complete.

The works will involve the contractor working on the slope during that period while they install six-metre long soil nails and steel mesh with safety netting. Prior to starting on that work, the contractor will spend the first week installing a slope monitoring system. With this in place, along with other safety measures, it is hoped the road can remain open during the subsequent installation of the meshing system.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Roads, Landscape and Waste Services Philip McKay, said: "The current plan is that the road remains closed initially, while the slope monitoring is installed, with that being complete and the road open on Friday, April 27.

"However this is dependent on the successful installation of a monitoring system linked to traffic lights which can stop access should any movement be detected. This system will be in place for the entire duration of the works to install the soil nails and mesh.

"Unfortunately, even with this system in place road openings cannot be guaranteed as the slope will still be susceptible to periods of poor weather and this may result in further restrictions having to be put in place. 

"Clearly this is a dynamic and complex situation – so there may also be factors outwith our control which determine whether the road is open or closed as work progresses, but we will continue to communicate closely with the community."

The decision to proceed with option C was outlined to members of the local community at a meeting in Gardenstown tonight. (Monday, April 16)

12th April 2018 - The next opening dates for Harbour Road at Gardenstown have been agreed, subject to inspections, as work continues to deal with the landslip in the village. 

Following a spell of wet weather on Saturday night/Sunday morning, cracks were noted near the toe of the slope. While it was possible to maintain the scheduled opening on Sunday, the cracks are further indications the slope continues to move. 

Following further investigation a decision was taken to remove some loose material to reduce the potential for further deterioration. 

On Monday afternoon, following the programmed road opening, approximately 30-35 tonnes of material was removed from the slope to a temporary storage area at New Ground. 

There are further spells of inclement weather forecast over coming days. As a result, the slope will be monitored and, if safe to do so, will be open on the following times and dates: 

Fri, Apr 13: 1pm-6pm
Sat, Apr 14: 8am-6pm
Sun, Apr 15: 8am-6pm
Mon, Apr 16: 8am-1pm

Future road openings will be confirmed in due course. 

Further analysis of potential options to open the road has been carried out by the council's consultants, Atkins, with an options report submitted by them on Thursday, April 5. 

This report has been under review and it is hoped the council will be in a position to decide on the preferred option for an interim solution later this week

Titled “Temporary Landslide Management Options Appraisal”, the report has been uploaded to the Council’s website. 

4th April 2018 - The next opening dates for Harbour Road at Gardenstown have been agreed, subject to inspections, as work continues to deal with the landslip in the village.

The dates and times are:

Fri, Apr 6: 1pm-6pm
Sat, Apr 7: 8am-6pm
Sun, Apr 8: 8am-6pm
Mon, Apr 9: 8am-1pm

Further road openings will be confirmed in due course. However we have received and agreed a request for an opening on Friday, April 13 to accommodate a community event being held below the closure, opening times to be advised.

Aberdeenshire Council and its consultants are currently assessing tender and design options for further works to stabilise the slope.

This work will include for the completion of the geotechnical survey of the slope which was put on hold following the landslip on the night of Tuesday, March 6.

The tender also includes proposals to enable the permanent, unrestricted use of the closed section of Harbour Road.

Further information is available at: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/22150/23318-update.pdf

29th March 2018 - Parked cars causing issues for landslip-affected 273 Gardenstown bus service

Stagecoach has made Aberdeenshire Council aware of issues it is encountering operating the 273 Gardenstown bus service in the lower part of the community.

The bus company wants to continue to provide the best possible service for its customers so it has asked the Council for assistance.

Following the landslip in the village the bus has been unable to turn in its usual place at New Ground due to road restrictions in place in the interest of safety.

Therefore, following discussions between the council and representatives from the community and bus company, the service has been attempting to turn higher up the village at the junction of Main Street and Harbour Road, but this is being made difficult by cars parked around the junction. Traffic cones have been moved and cars are being parked in the designated bus bay, restricting the space available for the vehicle to operate.

When parked cars make the reverse turn required at this location too difficult, bus drivers are picking up and dropping off passengers at the Spar on Bracoden Road and from the bus stop/shelter at Bracoden Road/Garden Crescent.

The council has asked Police Scotland for assistance in dealing with the parking issues and is looking into solutions to minimise any issues for bus users at the lower end of the town.

Council officers are keen to hear from anyone encountering difficulties using the service, who should telephone 01467 538138 or email: public.transport@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

8th March 2018 - Will the fresh slip at Gardenstown be cleared in time for the planned controlled openings?

A temporary road opening planned for Gardenstown this weekend cannot go ahead following the movement of further material on Tuesday (6th March).

While the council understands this will cause inconvenience, the risk posed by the unstable slope above the road is too great.

The debris left on the closed section of road following further movement of the slip on Tuesday cannot yet be completely cleared.

Assessment has shown that this cannot take place until materials above the road have been contained.

The fresh movement has exposed many new cracks at the top of the landslip, as well as displacing large rocks within the slip.

Until the area is physically contained, in the interest of safety the council cannot undertake any works to clear soil, rock and concrete blocks from the foot of the landslide.

It is currently posing a significant risk of further movement, endangering any road users, anyone working on the road and nearby houses.

The debris will only be cleared when it is safe to do so, avoiding the slippage of further material up the slope, which could potentially also prolong the situation.

Work to install netting and to build a new temporary wall to secure the landslip material will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.

This will then allow the potential for reopening the closed section of road beneath the landslip on a temporary, supervised basis.

Banff and Buchan Roads Manager, Derek Murray, said: "Clearly this is a very complex situation, but at the heart of all our decisions is safety."

"We are aware of the local desire to see the road reopen as soon as possible and we too want things to progress as quickly as possible."

"We are working with our contractor to make the working area safe to allow debris clearance and other work to take place."

"At this point we can't give a definitive date on which future road reopenings will take place, but we are working to make this happen as soon as possible."

"We will continue to provide regular updates as the operation to deal with this landslip continues."

Waste containers at Seatown, Gardenstown were last emptied on23rd  February and a collection was missed due to the wintry weather.

Since the further deterioration of the landslip, access to empty communal waste containers has not been possible.

Teams are on standby to empty them at the earliest opportunity as soon as the road is reopened at all.

The site is currently clear of refuse and all waste is contained within the bins so there should be no risk of attracting vermin.

Residents who have their own bins at Seatown will have them emptied at the same time as the communal bins.

Alternative containers at Main Street should be used where possible - collections of these will be more frequent to reflect increased use.

A public drop in session is being held in Gardenstown next week in connection with the landslip.

It will be a chance to hear the latest information from the geotechnical investigation being carried out by the council's contractor over the last couple of weeks.

The investigation is due to finish on site on Thursday, 15th March.

Representatives from the Banff and Buchan Area Manager's team, the roads service and the council's consulting engineers will attend.

They will provide updates on ongoing geotechnical investigations, continuing traffic management arrangements and possible design options for solutions.

The drop in session will take place at the Dreel Hall on Friday, 16th March from 9am-8pm.

7th March 2018 - Has the landslip moved anymore overnight? Have people been evacuated?

We have had engineers on site through the night monitoring the landslip at Gardenstown and despite heavy rain there has been no obvious significant deterioration.

A temporary wall built by us to contain falling debris from the initial slip in November has collapsed under the weight of loose material and we have had to extend the cordon around the closed road in the interest of safety.

Our geotechnical consultants, currently working on site to look at long term solutions, will give us an updated expert view on the risk being posed to allow us to take further decisions.

This will include whether or not the temporary road openings which have been taking place will still go ahead.

Last night three households were offered advice in terms of their safety and made arrangements to stay elsewhere for the evening - we will also share our technical advice with them to allow them to consider their next steps.

We are also continuing to ensure the emergency services are informed in terms of any access they might require to the village.

Roads colleagues have been carrying out minor maintenance around the village where they can this morning, unblocking gullies where necessary and allowing excess water to drain away as much as possible.

6th March 2018 - We've heard there's been further movement in the slope due to ongoing bad weather, what is the position?

We have been aware today of continued movement in the existing landslip at Gardenstown, which is being monitored as part of the investigatory works.

An engineer has been on site this evening and heavy rain throughout today has caused more material to move and a partial collapse of a temporary retaining wall - as a result we have warned nearby households of the situation.

We will continue to monitor the landslip and take any additional action necessary. We will have a fuller picture of the situation in daylight hours.

Snow and rain continue to affect the whole region, with localised issues including flooding of some smaller watercourses and water on the roads. Sandbags have been made available outside Council roads depots.

As in recent days, people should take care if they intend to travel around the area and drive to the conditions.

22nd February 2018 - What is the current situation with regard to work in Gardenstown?

The council is very aware of the disruption being faced by the local community of Gardenstown. We have and will continue to provide regular updates on progress to residents, visitors, and councillors, including some very technical detail about the steps being taken to address the land instability. This has taken account of a range of matters including public safety, work with partners, and consideration of all the plans and risks on site.

We are also liaising with the landowner to focus on their responsibilities. Their continued involvement is essential in this process and in finding a long-term solution.

Alongside keeping the community updated on a regular basis, the primary focus for officers is on tackling the issues and finding solutions to get the road open safely and responsibly as soon as possible. We understand that this is what the community want to see – a pace of progress towards a long-term solution.

To support the effective delivery of council services, there is a clear distinction on the roles and responsibilities between councillors and officers.

15th February 2018 - Is the cost of manning gates at Gardenstown the reason Harbour Road isn't being opened more regularly? And what was the outcome of the emergency motion regarding Gardenstown at the Banff and Buchan Area Committee yesterday?

The roads team is considering what will be required to meet the terms of the Emergency Motion agreed by the Area Committee on Tuesday. However, our contractor has started ground investigatory (GI) works and these will take around 3 weeks to complete. The contractor will be on site Monday through to Friday lunchtime, during which time the road will have to remain closed. We will operate supervised openings between 1pm and 4pm on Fridays and between 9am and 4pm on Saturdays. These openings will come into effect from next Friday (Feb 23). There was a supervised opening today between 9am and 4pm. We're also considering supervised openings on Sundays during the period of GI work.

It's too soon to tell at this stage, how often we will be able to open the road once the GI works have been completed, or whether or not it can be opened in unsupervised conditions. There are practical difficulties in delivering more extensive opening periods but we will know more once the GI works have finished.

In the meantime, the roads team will continue to provide weekly updates to the Community.

14th February 2018 - What is the current situation at Gardenstown, has work started on investigating the landslip?

Yes, the contractor is now on site and has started working. They mobilised their staff and plant on Monday and our roads team had a pre-start meeting with them at the site yesterday. Work has started today, more detail on this can be found in our press release. There will be a supervised road opening tomorrow.

12th February 2018 - Is work starting at Gardenstown today?

The contractor is mobilising staff and plant today, work is due to start tomorrow or Wednesday.

9th February 2018 - Who are the contractors undertaking investigations at Gardenstown?

BAM Ritchies.

7th February 2018 - Is there a cost for gates going up at Gardenstown, when will they be erected and how long will they be up for? Are they necessary?

The Roads Service will be installing gates at either end of the closure, replacing the current concrete blocks, which require a JCB to move when opening/closing the road. Clearly this will be a more efficient arrangement going forward.

Keys will be offered to the Emergency Services in order that they may gain vehicular access in an emergency situation. It will be for them to assess the safety of the slope should they wish to pass through.

The measures being taken are directly related to the safety of road users while investigations into a long term solution continue. You should also be aware there will be regular controlled openings of the road, with the latest one coming up tomorrow (Thursday) from 9am – 4pm, safety allowing.

In terms of costs for the gates and timescales, these are not available as yet – it will take a little more time to work things out. We are communicating directly with residents.

Regarding householders living adjacent to the landslip, it is a matter for them as to whether they continue to live in their properties – officers have given advice, but the council has no powers to ask them to leave.

5th February 2018 - Are we installing gates at Gardenstown which will limit access?

The Roads Service will be installing gates at either end of the closure, replacing the current concrete blocks, which require a JCB to move when opening/closing the road. Clearly this will be a more efficient arrangement going forward.

Keys will be offered to the Emergency Services in order that they may gain vehicular access in an emergency situation. It will be for them to assess the safety of the slope should they wish to pass through.

The measures being taken are directly related to the safety of road users while investigations into a long term solution continue. You should also be aware there will be regular controlled openings of the road, with the latest one coming up on Thursday from 9am – 4pm, safety allowing.

1st February 2018 - What measures are being looked at to allow volunteers to open and close the road as required?

We are looking at ways in which volunteers can be involved with supervised openings, however Aberdeenshire Council will still have a presence at any road opening to ensure users remain safe while on the road.

1st February 2018 - Why there was a “categoric rejection” towards allowing people to use the road at their own risk?

In the interest of the safety of residents and road users, we will not support allowing people to use of the road at their own risk. Supervised openings are the most suitable option to use at the moment to ensure the safety of those using the road.

1st February 2018 - Is there no timescale on the design of a permanent solution?

There is no specific date set for having a permanent solution in place yet, but we would like this be as soon as possible. We are working closely with geotechnical engineers who will be progressing with ground investigations, these are required to characterise the ground conditions at the site and establish geotechnical parameters to be used in the design of a permanent solution. Once those investigations are complete we will have a better idea of the scope of work required to put a long term solution in place and the timescales needed to complete that work.

In the meantime, we will continue to communicate with residents about supervised openings of the road and of progress with regards to the opening the road permanently.

18th January 2018 - What happened at the public meeting last night and what was decided?

We listened to the community last night in terms of their views on future road opening times. At the end of the meeting the public were asked to complete a form outlining their preferred days and times for controlled openings of Harbour Road.

We are still collating responses on preferred days and times. The Community Council have passed on the form to those who couldn’t attend last night.

Once we have received responses we will review and advise the community in due course.

11th January 2018 -  What is happening at next week's public meeting in Gardenstown?

The meeting is being held so that we can consult with residents on what the most suitable times for supervised openings of Harbour Road are and to discuss our proposals for moving forward.
We would encourage anyone who is interested to attend the meeting next week.

8th January 2018 - What is the latest update on the situation at Harbour Road, Gardenstown?

Following an assessment of the landslip and considering the safety of road users, we believe there is too much unstable material to allow the road to be re-opened without restrictions.

Therefore the road will remain closed with controlled openings taking place one or two times per week, subject to favourable weather conditions. We will consult with the community regarding the most suitable days/times for controlled openings to ensure the impact of this closure is minimised.

A controlled opening will take place on Thursday, January 11 between from 9:30 until 15:00.

In the meantime, work is progressing to develop a permanent solution for measures required to mitigate the effects of the recent landslip to enable permanent unrestricted use of the road by vehicles and non-motorised users.

Once we have a decision on a programme for future controlled openings, we will advise accordingly.

2nd January 2018 - What is the latest situation at Harbour Road Gardenstown?

The slope was inspected this morning and while there had been further deterioration since Sunday, December 31 it was deemed safe to allow traffic to pass under supervision. The road was therefore open between 10am and 2pm today to allow vehicles to be moved uphill from the Harbour and Seatown area.

Unfortunately, material continues to slip from the slope and with rain forecast overnight, it is likely that this will continue. Currently there is no plan to open the road tomorrow (Wednesday). However, it will be inspected to consider if it would be appropriate to undertake a controlled opening on Thursday. We are aware that this is the normal day for delivery of coal, logs etc., and for residential waste collections. If possible we will open the road to allow these services to be provided.

However, we cannot guarantee this will happen, and a decision will be made following a site assessment on Thursday morning to determine if conditions will allow. Visit twitter for the latest information about roads in Aberdeenshire or if you have any issues please call 03456 08 12 05.

9th December 2017 - What is happening at Harbour Road in Gardenstown?

Following a minor landslip in Gardenstown a few weeks ago, work was due to be carried out in the area between the New Church and Harbour Road from Monday, December 4.

Following recent strong winds and heavy rain, it was considered too dangerous for this work to proceed with the road open. As such we have had to temporarily close it to traffic and pedestrians.

This has been done in partnership with the emergency service so we can ensure access for them if required.
We appreciate the impact on residents and businesses in Main Street at a time when parking in the village is limited and are grateful for the community's patience. Every effort will be made to reopen the road as soon as possible.

7th December 2017 - Is there an update on the situation at Gardenstown?

We have a team back on site at Gardenstown today to carry out additional works to help protect nearby properties. We can’t carry out further remedial works on the steep embankment today or tomorrow due to poor ground conditions and severe weather but we will reassess conditions on Monday and carry out further work to ensure the road is safe to use as quickly as possible.

Alternative pedestrian access is available and we will continue to manage a safe exit for any residents wishing to move their vehicles out during daylight hours today. We’ve also met with emergency services to prepare a contingency plan in the event they require access to the village. We’ve put waiting restrictions in place on the main street to help with this.

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