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Fishing club upset over road landslide repair work in Derbyshire

Repairs to a landslide-affected Derbyshire road closed for more than two years are continuing, despite a recent complaint from a local fishing club. Lea Road, between Cromford and Lea Bridge, has been closed since January 2020, when a 45 meter section began to collapse and sliding into a nearby bank after heavy, sustained rain.

The Environment Agency has granted permission to start repair work in March after delays expected to be caused by the fish spawning season were resolved when Derbyshire County Council took further action to protect River. At the time, a proposed reopening month for the Peak District route was scheduled for November.

But concerns have recently been raised with the government body by the Cromford Fly Fishing Club over the amount of silty water produced by the works. A council spokeswoman confirmed that this issue has since been resolved and work is continuing as planned.

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She said: “The Fishing Club has expressed concern about the amount of silt being generated but this has been remedied through the use of a silt dam. Work has not been stopped and is continuing. “

Work began last year to fix the first landslide before it was due to stop in May 2021 as engineers discovered it was still moving and had cracked a sewer pipe running underneath. The pipe has been repaired and work was due to resume in November 2021, but the road suffered another collapse.

In December, engineers then came up with a new solution and work began to get formal permission from the Environment Agency, as it includes building in the river bed and constructing a wall of stone, which would be constructed and backfilled to road level. The county council was working with the Environment Agency to advocate for the condition to be lifted, which was successfully approved in early March before repair work began later that month.

Councilors in the area inspected the damage caused by the latest landslide on Lea Road, near Cromford, late last year. Pictured (left to right) are Cllrs Dermot Murphy, Barry Lewis, Kewal Singh Athwal, David Taylor.

Speaking in a statement issued in March, a county council spokeswoman confirmed the road could reopen later this year. She said: “We are grateful to the Environment Agency for letting our contractors start work in March.

“This means the road could reopen in November 2022, as long as we don’t encounter any further setbacks or landslides on the road. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused to those who would normally use this road. “