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Mansfield mudslide could have been avoided say angry residents

Residents in Mansfield, who live in a former quarry, have reacted with "anger" after a mudslide forced many of them to evacuate their homes - despite previously voicing their concerns.

Some of those who live in Bank End Close had to leave their homes for their own safety and have questioned why the homes along the quarry cliff-face - many of which are "family homes" - did not have more "protection from the wall" crumbling.

Emergency services were called to Bank End Close just before 5pm on Thursday (7 November) following concerns for the safety of people living in the houses.

Road closures have been in place between Berry Hill Road and Jenny Beckett's Lane.

Drivers have been advised to avoid the area.

Mansfield District Council is advising anyone who needs emergency accommodation to get in touch with them.

People have been allowed to return to their homes but some have been told they cannot access their garden.

It comes after a family of four and three couples were given temporary accommodation overnight, whereas, most residents stayed with friends and relatives.

“The council would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding.

"Our main priority is the safety of the public and we are working with specialist agencies to determine the best way forward and undertake any emergency works.

“The issue of Berry Hill Quarry is a hugely complex one due to the proximity of the residential area to the quarry structure.

“The council has committed resources to undertake appropriate work and a site survey has been recently carried out. "Residents had been made aware of the council’s previous activity including drone surveys and clearing trees to allow for the surveys to take place.”

– Mansfield District Council, Chief Executive Hayley Barsby: