Watch: North-east road closed after landslip

North-east villagers have been left stranded after heavy rain damaged a landslip retention wall.

The wall was built after a landslip partially closed the main road last year. However, the recent development has forced the road to close.

A resident from the coastal village has voiced his frustration at the on-going landslip problem.

Colin Wallek, 69, a retired engineer, said: “This has affected the community really badly, we’ve got retired people in the town, struggling to get their messages from the shops as no one can move past this landslip.”

Aberdeenshire Council is monitoring the situation in Gardenstown and has warned nearby properties of the latest slip.

Investigation work has been on-going after an initial slip in an area between New Church and Harbour Road in December.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “We have had engineers on site through the night monitoring the landslip at Gardenstown and despite heavy rain there has been no obvious significant deterioration.

“A temporary wall built by us to contain falling debris from the initial slip in November has collapsed under the weight of loose material and we have had to extend the cordon around the closed road in the interest of safety.

“Our geotechnical consultants, currently working on site to look at long term solutions, will give us an updated expert view on the risk being posed to allow us to take further decisions.

“This will include whether or not the temporary road openings which have been taking place will still go ahead.

“Last night three households were offered advice in terms of their safety and made arrangements to stay elsewhere for the evening – we will also share our technical advice with them to allow them to consider their next steps.

“We are also continuing to ensure the emergency services are informed in terms of any access they might require to the village.

“Roads colleagues have been carrying out minor maintenance around the village where they can this morning, unblocking gullies where necessary and allowing excess water to drain away as much as possible.”