Rothbury landslip 'unsafe'

A Northumberland road closed in December following a landslip, is still slipping - and could be closed for the rest of the year. The closure of the road at Rothbury is costing residents and traders thousands.

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Rothbury road continues to slip away

The B6344 at Rothbury has closed after a major landslip on Boxing Day Credit: ITV News

A road that was closed at Rothbury at the end of December after a landslip is continuing to slide away.

The closure is also causing problems for residents and traders who say that the closure is costing them thousands of pounds.

The road has been deemed "unsafe" to measure as it continues to fall away.

The road is continuing to give way over time after the landslip Credit: ITV News


Landslip 'still unsafe to even measure'

Residents cut off by a landslip on a road near Rothbury in Northumberland say the ground is still too unstable to assess the damage. Sean and Lou Renwick live at Cragend Farm near the B6344 which has been slipping since December. Sean said,

"The landslip continues to move. It's still unsafe to even measure the ground at the moment, estimates are that the road will now be closed for 2 years. It means that Cragend Farm is now cut off from its Plantation which supplies wood fuel to the farm. "

– Sean Renwick, resident at Cragend Farm near Rothbury

Farm cut off from Rothbury after landslip

The B6344 at Rothbury was closed in December due to a landslip Credit: Cragend Farm

Residents in Northumberland could be cut off from Rothbury for at least the rest of the year following a landslip in December. Cragend Farm is one property near the town affected by the damaged B6344.

Local councillor Steven Bridgett says the diversion is costly to local people and businesses. The council has applied for a central government grant to help pay for repairs.

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