Milestone for Berry Hill project

Mansfield District Council has today (Monday 2 March 2020) gone out to tender for stabilisation works to the cliff face in the former Berry Hill quarry.

The council has taken action to ensure that measures are put in place to further protect homes in Stone Bank and Bank End Close.

On the advice of Fairhurst, the council’s geotechnical consultants, it is proposed that mesh and pegs will be pinned to the cliff face and a protective barrier will be built at the foot of the cliff. The majority of works will take place within existing buffer zones at the rear of gardens.

James Biddlestone, the council’s project manager, said: "The council will go out to tender for the management, implementation and delivery of the project requirements. Our outline timescale will see tenders evaluated in April with view to a contractor being appointed in May.

"This is a milestone for the council to bring forward a long-term solution to mitigate against the natural erosion of the cliff face."

The proposed design solution is anticipated to cost up to £5m and Mansfield District Council has approached the government for financial support for the works.

Andy Abrahams, Executive Mayor, said: "Following his visit last November and again in January, we have been in contact with both the Secretary of State for Housing and Communities and our MP about the landslip at Berry Hill.

"We have stressed that the failure of the slope was due to climatic conditions following the wettest weather ever recorded in Nottinghamshire and that we need financial support to help pay for the extensive works necessary to keep our residents safe.

"We have been really encouraged by the conversations and help we have received to date and await a decision on the funding."

Published: March 2nd 2020