Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Updated: Atlantic Way in Westward Ho! closed due to landslide fears

PUBLISHED: 11:51 19 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:28 19 February 2014

Atlantic Way is Westward Ho! has been closed amid fears this wall could collapse. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Atlantic Way is Westward Ho! has been closed amid fears this wall could collapse. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Archant

Main road was cordoned off yesterday (Tues) evening and could be closed for eight weeks, say county council.

THE main road into Westward Ho! has been closed amid fears a wall could collapse - and could be off limits for a further eight weeks.

Atlantic Way was closed yesterday (Tues) evening due to the risk that a gabion wall was beginning to spill onto the highway.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “In the interest of public safety, Devon County Council has had to undertake an emergency closure on the B3236, Atlantic Way, adjacent to the Linden Homes site.

“The gabion wall retaining the bank is starting to bulge and there is a possibility that the bank could slip further.

“Devon County council is awaiting proposals from the developers on how it is going to rectify the problem and our structures team will ensure any work isappropriate for the site and fit for purpose. “This section of the road could be closed for around eight weeks and a diversion is currently in place.”

The road is currently closed between Kingsley Road and Fosketh Hill and a diversion is in place through Northam.

@Delicadevon said on Twitter: “Landslide Atlantic Way where new houses being built - road closed so chaos trying to get in or out of Westward Ho!”

Last year there was a similar landslide on Atlantic Way following weeks of heavy rainfall.

3 comments

  • Mmmmm so gratifying that both the planning dept and building control didn't think of this ever happening.....what happened to risk assessment? or is that only for normal businesses not the councils

    Report this comment

    munjo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • So comforting that DCC are so precise as to where Atlantic Way is closed. For the record it is between LAKENHAM HILL (Northam) and BEACH ROAD (Westward Ho!) Just in case whoever form DCC can read, Kingsley Road is in Bideford, Fosketh Hill is at the opposite end of Westward Ho! to where the road is closed off.

    Report this comment

    DM

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Intersting. What about drainage from the land the gabions are supporting or was this the cheapest quickest option that no real great thought or survey went into. Are the new tower town houses moving down the slope as well? Time for the BULLDOZERS!!

    Report this comment

    Blueskies

    Monday, February 24, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

08:00

A road sign and traffic cone were left on the route from Barnstaple to Exeter overnight on Tuesday

Read more
Yesterday, 22:00

Treat Time opened its doors in Boutport Street earlier this month

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

After being closed for four months for refurbishment and maintenance, the museum welcomes back visitors tomorrow (Saturday, March 25)

Read more
Yesterday, 16:46

Schools and businesses have been taking part in Red Nose Day on Friday

Read more
Yesterday, 14:23

Casualty is taken to hospital by air ambulance after his leg became trapped in the agricultural machinery

Read more
Yesterday, 13:42

Experienced and newly qualified nurses invited to open day at North Devon District Hospital on Monday, April 24

Read more
Yesterday, 13:12

Barnstaple Town Council has been boosted by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to tell the story of the town’s involvement in the English Civil War.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

The former Great British Bake Off host was in the town ahead of her 82nd birthday

Read more
Yesterday, 10:31

The black BMW was taken from a house in Roundswell, Barnstaple, before it was involved in a serious collision.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

The new North Devon Wellie Festival promises a weekend of live music, wellie-inspired events and plenty of fun at The Big Sheep.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications