There has been more earth-movement in the wake of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s controversial programme of tree-felling on the steep slope of the escarpment near the junction of Pnarth Portway and Terra Nova Way.
A further section of the slope – which was largely cleared of trees, saplings and vegetation a year ago – has now collapsed.
It was here – at this same spot – around February 8th last year that trees covering the area were felled and undergrowth was stripped away.
The day before that, on Sunday February 7th 2016, there was a landslide a few hundred yards to the east on the escarpment overlooking Terra Nova Way.
That landslide was considered so “significant” that Penarth Town Councillors were told later that some houses in the Penarth Heights development might have had to be “emptied”. [PDN Note: The word “evacuation” was not used]
Police closed Terra Nova Way to traffic overnight on February 7th 2016 as a precaution until the extent of the problem could be established. [ see PDN http://tinyurl.com/zsa9xwk%5D . At the time the Vale of Glamorgan Council said “further inspections will now take place to determine the cause of the landslip and whether any work can be undertaken to prevent further slips in the future.”
That 2016 landslide was not in an area of the escarpment on which trees had been cut down – but the current landslip definitely is in such an area .
It’s not known when exactly the latest collapse occurred – but it the fall may indicate there could be further landslips in prospect as this month’s heavy rain continues to soak a slope which now has little left in the way of vegetation or root systems to absorb rainwater and stabilise the ground.