September likely for Tunnel Road planting

tunnel road bank 28 july 2016
The bank in Tunnel Road as it currently looks

Planting of the damaged bank in Tunnel Road is now likely to take place in September.

Heavy rain caused a landslip in early 2014, and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council carried out drainage works to reduce the water coming down the slope.  A period of monitoring was then carried out until early 2015, to ensure there was no further movement.  The bank was reinstated in the summer of 2015, with the replanting then scheduled for this spring.

In May the council told reigate.uk that the plants were on order and that planting should take place in the “next one or two weeks”.

However on Wednesday this week a council spokesperson gave a September date for the work:

“The ivy plants that will provide low maintenance ground cover and help stabilise the bank have arrived. The Council’s grounds maintenance will be working with the arboriculture officer due to the steepness of the site which will require the use of harnesses for the planting work.  The planting is likely to take place in September once the grass-cutting season has completed.”

 

Tunnel Road Reigaet landslip
The site back in February 2015

 

 

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