Landslip damaged Calstock road to reopen

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Calstock collapsed road
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The landslip on Christmas day closed the road to local businesses and residents

A road that collapsed, leaving part of a Cornish village cut off, is expected to reopen on 22 May.

At least 20 properties in Calstock were without road access after the landslip on Lower Kelly on Christmas Day.

About 40 vehicles were trapped and Cornwall Council spent more than £7,000 on hire cars for affected residents.

The council, which is repairing the collapsed wall and road, said there was "no conclusive evidence as to the cause of the landslip".

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The landslip closed a 65ft (20m) section of the road
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Holes have been created in the new wall to prevent any future build up of water, the council said

However, the authority said it believed the slip was caused by water building up behind the wall.

The landslip closed a 65ft (20m) section of the road to local businesses and homes.

Elizabeth Dawes, who runs Calstock Boatyard, said it was a "great relief" that the road would reopen.

She said: "The closure has been a nightmare for our boatyard, it's been impossible for our business.

"I have lots of customers waiting to get to their boats at the end of May.

"We can't have deliveries to the yard and we have boats which have been moored here since the landslip and have not left."

The cost of the repairs is yet to be revealed.

In January, trapped vehicles were moved in a two-day rescue operation by the Royal Marines.

They were taken a few miles down the River Tamar to Cotehele Quay.

Since the landslip, the authority said it had delivered 2,560 litres of heating oil to residents along Lower Kelly Road.

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About 40 vehicles were stranded after a road collapse caused by a landslip

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