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

11:51 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.

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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

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    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.

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    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!!

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    Blueskies

    Monday, February 24, 2014

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