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Hannafore residents warn lanslip is "imminent"

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 20, 2013

CONCERN:  Cracks widen on Hannafore Road.

CONCERN: Cracks widen on Hannafore Road.

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RESIDENTS of Hannafore in Looe fear another landslip above the ravine is "imminent" and are calling upon Cornwall Council to take "urgent action" to stabilise the land.

"There is no doubt that this piece of land is moving and that as some time there will be a landslide down onto Hannafore Road," said resident Tim Deacon.

Writing to Cornwall councillor for West Looe, Edwina Hannaford, Mr Deacon said residents were growing increasingly concerned about the safety of the land.

He said that following the landslide in December 2012, which cut off the whole of Hannafore after the only road into the area became blocked, nothing appeared to have been done.

"I now note that the cracks in the surfacing have widened in the past week, presumably following the recent rainfall," Mr Deacon said.

"Having known Hannafore Lane for over 40 years, monitoring the surface cracks for the past year, witnessing other recent Hannafore Lane/Road landslips, knowing of the death earlier this year caused by another landslip in Looe, and now observing this latest ground movement, I suggest that a landslip is imminent.

"I, and fellow residents, look forward to seeing some immediate action or receiving signed, written assurances from a specialist in authority."

In her reply, Mrs Hannaford said she was "very concerned" the road and cliff below may be unstable.

She added: "A landslip in this area would be a huge problem for Hannafore Lane and Hannafore. I undertook a recent walkabout with the highways manager Robert Constance and highlighted to him my concerns.

"I also noted that some of the drains needed attention and were blocked but have not had any notification that they have been attended."

Mrs Hannaford said she has forwarded Mr Deacon's concerns to the chief executive of Cornwall Council. A spokesperson from Cornwall Council said the situation was being monitored but engineers do not think there has been any further movement of the land.

The spokesperson said: "The cracks have continued to be monitored by the Council's geotechnical engineer and were inspected again last week.

"The cracks will now be sealed to prevent the ingress of water, but no further movement has been detected at this stage."

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