Steel wall approved to hold up crumbling bank

A CRUMBLING embankment is to be repaired with a steel wall costing thousands of pounds to protect residents’ properties from subsidence.

Tameside Council’s planning committee has given permission for the installation of a steel sheet retaining wall to stabilise an embankment in Denton.

The work, to the rear of properties at Fairlea, is being funded by the local authority, which has agreed to invest £650,000 on slope stability works on two sites it owns.

As part of the construction in Fairlea, there will also be excavation of the embankment, installation of new earthworks drains, and replacement of a section of sewer pipe.

Officers state the works are required as ‘slipping’ of the embankment and movement into private gardens of residents has been observed.

“The proposal would result in the reinstatement and stabilisation of existing garden areas for properties on Fairlea and the adjoining publicly accessible land,” the committee report adds.

Although the land sits within the green belt, the report states that the steel wall will sit no higher than the ground levels when viewed from the south side.

“Consequently, when viewed in context against the backdrop of garden boundary fencing adjoining the site, it is considered that these engineering operations would have no greater impact upon the openness of the green belt,” officers conclude.

The urgent remedial works are required because the plots off Fairlea and Greenside Lane in Droylsden are showing signs of “land failure”, which the town hall has the responsibility to fix.

Both sites are embankments sloping down behind residential properties, which support the gardens for the houses.

Over an 18-month period the council’s engineers have been assessing the stability of the embankments.

A council report revealed the land masses are still moving, with evidence at the surface of the slope and in some people’s gardens.

Site investigations and modelling by specialist geotechnical engineers proved that unless remedial works were undertaken the embankments will continue to deteriorate. And engineers predicted residential gardens will become unusable.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the works.

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