A North-east community that has been battling with a landslip all winter is preparing to “open for business” in time for Easter.
Harbour Road in Gardenstown has been closed to traffic on a regular basis since December and heavy rain earlier this month led to another slide which knocked over a temporary wall.
The clean-up operation is under way and the council is putting in £1.5 million to secure a permanent fix for the crumbling cliff face. Now locals who live at the bottom of the picturesque village will soon be able to access the top in their vehicles after the local authority announced a series of controlled openings.
The first one is due to take place on Good Friday between 1pm and 7.30pm. The next two will be between 9am and 7.30pm on Saturday and Easter Sunday followed by a 9am to 1pm slot on Monday.
Andy Sturdy, secretary of the Gardenstown Village Action Committee, said: “We want to impress on everyone that we are open for business and there is nothing stopping people coming to see us from Friday.”