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Scheme investment approved by a landslide


Thanks to more than half a million pounds investment from Gloucestershire County Council, work on the Horsley landslip will be starting in the summer next year.

The money that is needed to fix the landslip at Horsley is now available and work has already started on the new potential design for the road.

The next stages include a competitive tendering process to select a contractor to carry out the work and spades will hit the ground in early summer 2017.

The Horsley landslip happened in 2013 as a result of an extremely wet winter. As a short term solution temporary traffic lights have been in place to help manage traffic flow with access to the lane closest to the slip restricted. This will remain in place until the work has been completed.

The experts are developing a 'pinned retaining structure'. This will mean the road will return to two way traffic flows. There will be a share event next year to show all interested people on the proposed solution, how it will work and how it will be built.

The extra funding for this scheme is following a multi million pound program of investment into improving the county's roads. Due to an under spend in June 2016, £1million is being reinvested and the Department of Transport has financed an additional £1million. This now brings the total additional investment into highways work this year to £2.5million.

Cllr Dorcas Binns, cabinet member for older people and local member for Nailsworth, said: "This is fantastic news for the local community and thank you to everyone for their patience. It's important that local people tell us what they think about the design so please have your say through the consultation in the new year."

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: "The Horsley landslip has always been on our agenda so I'm really pleased that now we have the funding and the work can begin. The 'pinned retaining structure' would work for the area, but it's still important that we hear the thoughts of local residents and people who use the road frequently."

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