Funding secured for further Gorge stabilisation work

Published Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Telford & Wrekin Council has successfully secured the funding it requires to carry out further Gorge stabilisation work.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has just confirmed in an offer letter to the Council that it will make a multi-million pound contribution to the project in Jackfield.

The stabilisation will be concentrated in Jackfield, between Jackfield Tile Museum and the Boat Inn, an area which has suffered significant landslides in the past.

The proposed scheme looks to stabilise the most active part of the local landslide system to allow a new highway to be constructed on the stabilised ground.

The scheme will comprise earthworks, treatment of mine workings, piling, river bank protection, drainage improvements, highway construction and landscaping.

The Jackfield Stabilisation Project has now reached the stage where the detailed design has been prepared and a planning application has been approved.

A full European Procurement exercise has been undertaken to secure the preferred Contractor for the main works. An additional procurement exercise has been undertaken to procure an enabling works contractor.

Telford and Wrekin Council will provide match funding to the monies provided by DCLG for a project which will run until March 2016.

Councillor David Davies, ward member for Ironbridge Gorge with responsibility for stabilisation in the Gorge, said: ā€œIā€™m really pleased that we have managed to secure this significant amount of funding from the DCLG.

Instability is a fact in the Gorge and these works are essential to help prevent landslides and maintain the structure of the Gorge both in the short and the long term.

We are grateful for the cooperation of the project stakeholders who we meet with regularly and look forward to getting these works underway and making the area better for all who use it.ā€

The Council is engaging with landowners to secure the necessary consents to allow the work to proceed. Contracts can be awarded for the work once consents have been secured.

Work is due to start on site in early 2014 with the Enabling Works Contractor. undertaking condition surveys, tree felling, creation of access routes into the site, installation of additional monitoring gas and groundwater monitoring wells, the treatment of shallow mine workings, and the investigation and treatment of mineshafts.

This will be followed on site by the main phase of the project which is due to start on site in spring 2014.

A public drop in session will be held in January to provide a project update and to explain delivery of the project in more detail.