£90,000 campaign launched to save Egremont Dale View Gardens estate from River Ehen. A campaign has been launched to raise £90,000 to protect a cliff side housing estate at risk from erosion. Act now: ’You just have to look a mile down the river at Rothersyke to see how bad the situation can get’.The safety of houses in Dale View Gardens, Egremont, could be threatened because of the erosion of a footpath immediately below it on the banks of the River Ehen.
The situation is so bad just a mile down the river at Rothersyke that the county council has permanently closed a road over safety fears. The risk to Dale View Gardens has been recognised by the local flood action group, the Environment Agency and landowner Leconfield Estate.
The action group is a leading a bid with local Councillors to raise cash to pay for repairs.
So far, a grant for £9,000 has been secured from Cumbria Waste Management.
The project is likely to cost £90,000 and can only be done between May and September, because of Environment Agency regulations.
Egremont Councillor Frank Morgan said: “You just have to look a mile down the river at Rothersyke to see how bad the situation can get.
“These houses are not in immediate danger but this is fairly urgent.
“It’s a case of ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ – the work has to be done and the sooner the better.
“It can only be carried out between May and September because that’s the only time the Environment Agency allow people in the river.
“There’s been a lot of good work done by locals. Fishermen and some of the residents have been cutting trees back that were damaging the banks.
“We now need to get interested parties like the Environment Agency, landowners the Leconfield Estate and Lord Egremont to address the issue.
“We’ve had the work costed at £90,000 and we are now looking for funding to get it done.”
The county council announced in February last year that it was banning all traffic, cyclists and pedestrians on a section of road from Gully Flatts to Kersey Bridge, because of erosion at Rothersyke.
The road had been under a temporary closure order since March 2009 after a landslip brought down trees.
The condition of the bank and the extent of the erosion have been monitored for 20 years.
By Mathew Legg
First published at 08:54, Saturday, 19 May 2012
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