Swanscombe residents demand action one year after major landslide shuts down A228 Galley Hill Road.

Swanscombe residents demand action one year after major landslide shuts down A228 Galley Hill Road.

Swanscombe Residents Continue to Demand Action One Year After A228 Galley Hill Road Landslide

Residents and businesses in Swanscombe are still reeling from the aftermath of a landslide that occurred one year ago and closed a major road. The A228 Galley Hill Road, which runs between Swanscombe High Street and Ebbsfleet United’s Kuflink Stadium, collapsed on April 10, 2023, and the community is growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of action taken to fix the issue.

The road closure has had a significant impact on the daily lives of those who live nearby, causing financial, emotional, and physical burdens. Annette Livie, a resident of Stanhope Road, has resorted to taking sleeping tablets at night due to the constant noise of rerouted lorries passing by her home. She explains, “I try to go out during the day. I can’t stand being at home and all the horns beeping and the drivers shouting and swearing at each other.”

Livie’s 8-year-old grandson has also been affected by the road closure, witnessing a road rage incident involving a driver using a weapon. This has made him hesitant to visit his grandmother’s house, as he believes it to be a dangerous place. Livie also notes that the increased traffic has caused vibrations in her house and has made it difficult for her to get a good night’s sleep.

Other residents, such as Joanne Hales, have seen their health impacted by the increased road traffic. Hales, who suffers from asthma, moved to Swanscombe from Greenwich in 2018 to escape the poor air quality in south London. However, she has noticed a decline in her health since the road closure, stating, “The traffic is horrendous. It is constant at the weekends – the noise, the angry exchanges, and just not being able to get in and out of where we live very easily.”

The road closure has also had financial implications for some residents. Jo Butcher, who lives in Phoenix Park, has seen her earnings decrease by half since the start of the closure. She used to work two jobs, but was forced to give up one of them due to safety concerns while walking home in the dark. Her husband’s commute to work has also been impacted, causing an increase in travel expenses.

Nearby businesses have also suffered due to the road closure. The Hot Rod Diner in Northfleet High Street was forced to lay off staff due to a decrease in customers, and Michael Cheel, owner of MBC Dispatch Racing, has experienced significant financial losses. He says, “These things combined are obviously having a very negative impact on our day-to-day and overall lives.”

Despite numerous protests and calls for action, the exact cause of the landslide has yet to be determined. Thames Water and Kent County Council are currently conducting investigations, and the council has instructed specialists to carry out the first phase of stabilisation works. However, residents are growing increasingly frustrated with the delays and lack of progress.

A protest was held on the one-year anniversary of the landslide, with over 50 residents in attendance. Dubbed an “unhappy birthday,” the protesters voiced their concerns and demands for action. In response, Kent County Council has assured residents that they are working to finalize access arrangements and begin necessary investigations and stabilisation works. The council recognizes the difficulty this situation has caused for residents and is committed to finding a solution as soon as possible.

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