Gardenstown landslip

The landslip in Gardenstown first occurred overnight on 28th November 2017 and resulted in closure of Harbour Road preventing all vehicular access to the New Ground, the harbour area and Seatown. A further slippage on the 6th March, following a period of bad weather, has restricted the use of the road and resulted in planned openings being called off, for safety reasons.

For more details view landslip fact sheet (pdf 164KB) and ground investigation progress report (pdf 154KB). You can also view community updates and media statements.

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Update on emergency services access arrangements

At the time of the initial slip, we took urgent action to ensure that plans were in place in each emergency service control room for how they dealt with issues in the village when accessibility was limited. We were then able to develop new access arrangements when the gate was installed. 

Following the further slippage on 6th March, the emergency services have all been advised that the road is no longer accessible via that gate. They have therefore reactivated their original access arrangements. These operational arrangements are in place between ourselves, our consultants (Atkins), our contractor (BAM Ritchie) and the emergency services.

Public drop in session

Friday, 16th March 2018 from 9am to 8pm at the Dreel Hall

Representatives from the Banff and Buchan Area Manager's team, the roads service and the council's consulting engineers will attend to provide updates. View information leaflet (pdf 360KB).

Agreed openings

Next agreed openings are to be confirmed.

Timeline of events

View timeline of events at Gardenstown so far:

  • 28th November 2017 - landslide occurred, initial site inspection, rock cleared from roadway and temporary wall construction commenced
  • 29th November  2017 – engineers site inspection and temporary wall construction ongoing
  • 4th December 2017 - rope access team and engineers on site and commence loose rock clearance from slip
  • 5th December 2017 - rock clearance works progressing and geotechnical engineers on site 
  • 6th December 2017 - weather conditions worsen and road has to be closed
  • 12th to 20th December 2017 - further debris cleared from site and temporary wall lengthened and heightened
  • 20th December 2017- road reopened
  • 29th to 31st December 2017 - further movement recorded due to wet weather
  • 31st December 2017– road closed
  • 2nd January 2018 onwards - engineers inspections and monitoring ongoing
  • 17th January 2018 - public meeting
  • 14th February 2018 - ground investigatory work begins
  • 6th March - road closed following slippage as a result of bad weather