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House in Looe, Cornwall cleared 7 months after landslide

House in Looe cleared 7 months after landslide Credit: ITV News West Country

The children of a victim of the Looe landslide in March say they're relieved that their mother's house will be cleared, seven months after she died. Susan Norman's house on Sandplace Road has been left untouched, with her possessions on full view.

The council will start work to clear the site today. It's expected to take up to 6 weeks. Traffic may also be disrupted as skips will be placed on the road.

Road could be partially re-opened by the Summer

We appreciate that the ongoing closure of St Martin’s Road is causing problems for many local residents and businesses and are committed to reopening the road as quickly as possible.

Our engineers have been working to draw up a scheme which will enable us to partially re open the road before the main summer season gets underway. We are now waiting for the affected residents, the police and Health and Safety Executive to give us the formal go ahead to start the work."

– Paul Masters, Interim Chief Executive, Cornwall Council

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Scheme announced to stabilise landslip in Looe

The landslip in St Martin's Road, Looe Credit: ITV News West Country

The landslip happened in December 2012, closing one of the main roads into the town.

This scheme to repair the damage and open the road will require the consent of the affected property owners, Devon and Cornwall Police, and the Health and Safety Executive.

If agreement can be reached by the end of this week, work on the first phase to stabilise this stretch of road using concrete piling could begin on Monday 20th May.

This is expected to take between eight to ten weeks to complete, with the road then re-opening to traffic under traffic light control before the start of the main school summer holidays in July.

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