Council supports residents at mudslip in Berry Hill Quarry

Mansfield District Council supported local Fire and Police officers following a mudslip at the former Berry Hill Quarry in Mansfield.

As a precautionary measure 28 houses were evacuated and support was given by the council’s housing team to provide emergency accommodation to those who needed it. A family of four and three couples were given temporary accommodation overnight. Most residents stayed with friends and relatives.

On call officers attended the incident to ascertain damage to the quarry face and take advice from the emergency service crews.

Today (Friday 8 November) Mansfield District Council has returned to the site with a surveying team to establish site integrity and assess the damage to the cliff face and properties.

We advise that those affected by the mudslip contact their insurance companies as a priority.

Evacuated residents are expected to return to their homes today to collect essential items and they will be contacted again when it is safe to return.  Road closures will be lifted as soon as possible however access to properties on Bank End Close may still be restricted.

Hayley Barsby, Chief Executive said:

“The council would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding. Our main priority is the safety of the public and we are working with specialist agencies to determine the best way forward and undertake any emergency works”.

“The issue of Berry Hill Quarry is a hugely complex one due to the proximity of the residential area to the quarry structure.” 

“The council has committed resources to undertake appropriate work and a site survey has been recently carried out. Residents had been made aware of the council’s previous activity including drone surveys and clearing trees to allow for the surveys to take place.”

The council will issue further updates when possible.

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Published: November 8th 2019