Posted: Tue 30th Nov 2021

Small sum secured to ‘progress’ Newbridge landslip “preliminary, assessment & design” of repairs

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Nov 30th, 2021

Funding of £175,000 from Welsh Government has been confirmed by Wrexham Council to progress the work needed to repair the extensive damage caused to the B5605 earlier this year during Storm Christoph, a project that is thought could cost millions.

As readers are well aware, the B5605 between Newbridge and Cefn Mawr was severely damaged during Storm Christoph in January, when torrential downpours caused part of it to collapse down an embankment. Further cracks appeared in the road, with residents currently forced to take lengthy diversions to get to work or school.

Wrexham Council previously applied for funding from the Welsh Government to fix the damage to the area and secure the footpath and road, however the request was knocked back as it did not meet the relevant criteria. A geotechnical report is now awaited by Wrexham Council who say once that has been assessed they will ‘request adequate funding from Welsh Government’.

Wrexham Council have reiterated, “We have continued to work on the ground and with Welsh Government to provide the technical and assessment reports and establish costs to ensure this road is brought back into use as soon as possible”.

Speaking of the new, and possibly first bit of funding to resolve the issue, the council said, “The funding will cover our preliminary, assessment and design costs. The ground investigations have just completed and we await the options report.

Cllr David A Bithell Lead Member Environment and Transport added, “I am pleased we have secured funding from Welsh Government of £175k for the next stage of this process to develop a business case for all the options available to repair the road.

“We are currently carrying out geotechnical work and hopefully this will be complete by the end of December. We then need to consider options and design for work and will be submitting them to Welsh Government as soon as possible.”

“We are aware of the extensive inconvenience and impacts this is having on local communities and businesses and hope to be in a position early in the new year to progress with options for repair work. We hope this will be fully funded following storm Christoph.”



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