Decision details

Thurston Clough Culvert, Delph

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods & Culture (Councillor Barbara Brownridge)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Working involving the replacement of a dilapidated masonry culvert.


Approval is sought to appoint Rowan Ashworth Limited, who submitted the most economically advantageous and methodologically sound tender, to commence the reconstruction of the Thurston Clough Culvert and associated structures located at Thurston Clough Road in Delph

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1 is to reconstruct the existing dangerously dilapidated structure known as BR430 Thurston Clough Culvert and associated structures. This option delivers a permanent solution and will allow the adopted public highway above the structure to be reopened on completion using the least amount of capital expenditure.
Option 2 is to retain the existing vehicular road closure of Thurston Clough Road and monitor the structure(s) for further signs of movement. This option exposes the Council to the risk of catastrophic collapse of the structure(s) and could result in loss of life, damage to the adjacent residential private property and destruction of several underground services that are present above the existing culvert structure. This scenario would inevitably result in additional costs to the Council and may also result in the extent of the permanent works being increased which would, therefore, escalate the costs of said permanent works.

Alternative options considered:

Option 2

Publication date: 08/01/2020

Date of decision: 18/12/2019

Effective from: 16/01/2020

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