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Council updates on plans to reopen Lea Road in Cromford.

Councillors from around the local area have seen for themselves the damage caused by the latest landslip at Lea Road, near Cromford. Derbyshire County Councillors were joined by councillors from local parish and town councils.

They organised the visit to update councillors on progress to find a solution in order to get the road re-opened

Lea Road had a further landslip in early November, when a large part of the road fell down towards the river following heavy rain.

The road, which is near Cromford, first slipped in January 2020, and work started earlier this year to fix it. This work had to stop in May as engineers found the landslip was still moving and had cracked a sewer pipe running underneath. The pipe was mended and work was due to begin again this November.

Engineers found the new collapse when they went to make a routine inspection on Monday 1 November. The temporary piling platform, which was built to allow the installation of retaining piles, slipped around 2 meters down towards the river.

The council’s specialist contractors are now confident they have a new solution and will shortly be looking for formal permission for the work from the Environment Agency. This new solution includes building into the river bed and making a rock wall, which would be built up and backfilled to the road level.

Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said:

“We do understand the frustration of everyone who lives locally and have not been able to use Lea Road for so long.

“Following the latest landslip in November our specialist contractors now have a new design solution to hold up the road. They need to complete their design work and then seek permission from the Environment Agency for the work.

“We expect that by early January these permissions will be in place, and we will have a new timescale.

“As soon as we have this new timescale we will be holding a public meeting for local people to come and find out more.

“We are so sorry for the inconvenience this is causing and thank everyone for their patience.”

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