Cornwall Council Building Control have met with
Cormac, Cornwall Council Highways and the house owners’ structural
engineer and contractor today to agree a way forward that mitigates the
danger to the public and provides a safe solution
to the issues as quickly and safely as possible.
Following more detailed assessments of the ground
and geotechnical issues, the conclusion is now that the actual house is
currently considered stable but that there is an ongoing concern that
the undermined retaining wall in front of the
house is still at risk of collapse into the narrow highway, meaning
that the road must currently remain closed to vehicle traffic.
Therefore the road block will remain in place.
However as the house itself is currently considered stable, then this
has allowed the fencing to be adjusted today to enable pedestrian
‘bypass’ access and egress only for essential journeys.
Cornwall Council Highways/Cormac will monitor this situation until the
permanent solution can be carried out by the contractor. Please be
aware, that given the continued poor weather, should the situation
change for the worse then full closure to pedestrians
may have to be re-instated.
The technical remedial works are being designed by
the owner’s engineer over the weekend, and subject to technical review
and approval, are hoped to commence on Tuesday (weather permitting). We
are hoping that the shoring works will be
completed by the end of next week, again weather permitting. Please
note that the above is subject to no further detrimental changes in the
situation on site between now and Tuesday.
We (and also the owners of the property) would like
to thank you for your continued patience and understanding and will
provide an update once the works have commenced on the likely date for
re-opening the road for vehicles.