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Bulging and potentially dangerous retaining wall

Reported via mobile in the Railings, bollard, & post damage category anonymously at 01:03, Mon 5 October 2020

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council 9 hours, 18 minutes later. Council ref: 2325251.

The retaining wall bordering the path which links Seymore Road with Thomas Street in its lower end has changed in appearance. It appears to bulge out and it seems under more stress than usual. There has been a new patio and some recent restructuring of the garden for the house directly above that part of the wall on Lyndhurst Terrace. It might be that the work they have undertaken has shifted earth mass in a way which has created instability or extra pressure on that part of the retaining wall. The path, which is a vital link for local residents to reach town on foot from the Camden area, no longer seems safe to use. From experience with a recently collapsed retaining wall in a private garden in Alpine Gardens, I understand that the potential damage from such a collapse, which most importantly threatens the safety of pedestrian residents using the path, could also mean very costly repairs which protract in time as the responsible parties agree their level of liability. I would therefore urge the council to look at ways to repair the wall while it's still standing. I hope that a structural engineer can make an assessment and recommendations asap.

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  • Category changed from ‘Fallen tree across road or pavement’ to ‘Damaged bollard or post’

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 10:21, Mon 5 October 2020

  • Thank you for this report. We will review the details and carry out an inspection of the site if required.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Systems Team at 10:21, Mon 5 October 2020

  • We've looked into this report and are investigating the issue.
    We will update this report once we decide what action to take.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Systems Team at 11:30, Mon 5 October 2020

  • We have now closed this report. If you disagree with this decision, please raise a new report. Please include your previous reference number and an explanation of why you wish the report to be reopened.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Systems Team at 10:33, Friday 13 January 2023

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