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VIDEO: Urgent action needed to fix crack in wall above road in Torquay which is a 'major hazard'

By HEDanielClark  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

  • Kirk and Hannah Petrakis with cracks in wall and road in Thurlow Road, Torquay. - Photo mandatory by-line: Andy Styles

  • Kirk and Hannah Petrakis with cracks in wall and road in Thurlow Road, Torquay. - Photo mandatory by-line: Andy Styles

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A CRACK in the wall that runs above Lymington Road in Torquay could be a 'major hazard', according to a local resident.

Kirk Petrakis, who has a property in nearby Thurlow Road has told the Herald Express that he feels that urgent action needs to be taken to stop a disastrous situation occurring.

He said: "This crack in the wall is a major hazard and the tree needs to be cut down as soon as possible. If there is another bad rainstorm, then with the cracks in the road, and the drainage problems in the area, then I believe the tree will fall onto the highway."

His views have been supported by James Halldron, Consulting Engineer for James Halldron Associates, a Civil, structural & architectural design firm, has looked at the crack in the wall and the site generally and has confirmed that the wall has failed and that the tree is potentially dangerous and could fall causing serious damage and injuring passer-by.

He added: "The cracks in the driveway are certainly widening and the supporting wall to the driveway has failed.

"There are various other issues under consideration and factors in play, such as the ground profile movement and drainage issues with water running off the roads that could be and could have contributed to the movement generally."

A Torbay Council spokesperson replied by saying: "The wall concerned is on private property. We are in contact with the management agents and are advising them on how to remedy this issue. The tree is on council owned land and it will be removed before the remedial works to the wall take place."

But Mr Petrakis thinks more needs to be done, particularly as the work to protect the bank will not protect from any falling trees and that the size of the cracks have got bigger in recent weeks.

"The crack it is very big and visible and you can map it easily with your eyes," he added.

"I know for definite that it has got a lot worse than it was before. There are barriers and sandbags at the bottom of the bank which have been there for a while to stop the rubble falling, but that won’t protect anything if a tree falls."

A Torbay Council Spokesperson responded by stating: "The dumpy bags were put in place when the issue with the wall was brought to the council's attention in November 2012. They will remain there until remedial work is completed, this is likely to be the end of the year."

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  • tabasco2152  |  August 17 2014, 1:55PM

    This looks like the councils responsibility .

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