The C1257 has been closed since June 2018 due to a combination of a dangerous wall next to the highway and damage to the highway itself. This all as a consequence of an ongoing landslip.

As the highway authority, Herefordshire Council is responsible for the condition of the highway and the safety of the public, while the wall is privately owned and remains the responsibility of the owner of the adjoining property.  Until such time as the wall is made safe the road must remain closed for the safety of the public.

The council’s engineers have advised that work to make the wall safe, reinstate the road and reopen it to public use will have to accommodate some ongoing movement in the slope.  The council is in dialogue with the owners of the wall to try to resolve the situation collaboratively and without having to resort to potentially prolonged legal action. The option to use powers under the Buildings Act or the Highways Act in order to compel works to begin can still be taken should we be unable to progress a collaborative solution.

Clive Hall, Herefordshire Council’s Acting Assistant Director Highways and Transport, said:

“We are seeking a further meeting with the owners of the wall and their professional representatives at their earliest convenience. At that meeting we plan to present to them an interim solution that will make the wall safe and enable us to reopen the road.  We shall be seeking their consent to move the interim solution we have engineered forward and agree what further monitoring and approvals are required for them to arrive at the eventual construction of their wall.”

Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet member transport and regulatory services, said:

“Ultimately the wall remains the property of the owners.  We fully acknowledge that this closure continues to cause significant access difficulties for residents and businesses. The next meeting with the owners will give us a clear way forward and if our interim proposal is agreed we will provide full details to the community and will then expedite all necessary works to reopen this road.”

Published: Thursday, 7th February 2019