Work to start again on collapsed walls

The scene at Marlborough Terrace in Derry where a wall collapsed at the weekend, It is the second section of a retaining wall to fall in a week following heavy rain. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 18.12.11
The scene at Marlborough Terrace in Derry where a wall collapsed at the weekend, It is the second section of a retaining wall to fall in a week following heavy rain. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 18.12.11

Work on two Derry walls which collapsed following landslides is to resume next week.

Old retaining walls at Marlborough Terrace and Harding Street gave way following downpours in mid December.

The collapse of the 50 feet high wall to the rear of Marlborough Terraced smashed a partially filled oil tank, sparking health fears. It also crushed three vehicles and destroyed a garage. At Harding Street a large wall collapsed, raising concerns among residents about the safety of their homes.

Following a meeting of Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee yesterday it was announced that the contractor at Marlborough Terrace will resume work on Monday next while the council will also progress “stabilisation measures” at Harding Street.

A council spokesperson said: “Derry City Council will continue to liaise with residents to assist with initiating discussions with their insurance companies for the long-term solution in relation to the replacement of the retaining wall in Marlborough Terrace. Derry City Council will continue to liaise with all the necessary public agencies to provide advice and support to residents at this time.”