The bank was due to be repaired in July/August by installing a “PERMACRIB RETAINING WALL”, a wooden slatted wall built at an angle which was identified as the best solution by a geotechnical report. This would mean closing the road for about 4 weeks right in the middle of harvest when over 8000Tonnes of grain would be delivered in over 1000 tractor/lorry movements to Heal’s farm for storing and/or drying. It would be impossible to divert these via any other local roads.
Pat and Dave Hockey went along to a meeting of local farmers, representatives of Iron Acton Parish Council, South Gloucestershire Officers and the consultant. The work will now be delayed until after the harvest.