Action urged over further landslip fears in Looe
BUSINESSES and councillors in Looe have called for action to prevent a further landslip in Hannafore.
The Cornish Guardian reported last month how large cracks had appeared on the road surface of Hannafore Lane.
It comes after a landslip in December last year and a claim from some Looe town councillors that little has been done by Cornwall Council since.
Julian Peck, owner of the Fieldhead Hotel, Portuan Road, Hannafore, said he was concerned that if there was another landslip the area would become "cut off", with mains water, sewage, phone lines and gas all potentially running under the road.
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"Someone needs to get in touch with all these bodies – South West Water, BT, and so on, to get down here and have a look at the road. They can then pre-empt any problems and put diversions in place; we are then not without water, gas or electric should the worst happen. Cornwall Council is aware of the problems but being aware of it doesn't mean anything gets done. If these four services are informed, then at least some action can be put in place."
Former councillor Brian Galipeau said he believed the town authority should liaise directly with Cornwall Council to sort out the problem.
"We seem to have lost six months getting to grips with these risks," he said.
"I think the town council has a duty to fight for local people directly with the highways authority, and while they must work in partnership with the Cornwall councillor, they need not accept that everything possible has been done.
In a statement, Cornwall Council said: "The cracks have continued to be monitored by the council's geotechnical engineer and were inspected again two weeks ago. The cracks will now be sealed to prevent the ingress of water, but no further movement has been detected at this stage."