We've just had the surveyor's report for the bank above Lynwood, the ex canal property that sits at the foot of the embankment at Midford.
Basically the embankment is sound, although some concrete needs replacing. Now we have the report we can put a plan for regular maintenance in place.
The owner of Lynwood has kindly agreed to share the costs with us for the report on a 50/50 basis. The total cost to the New S&D will be around £500 but it means we have an excellent survey of the site which hopefully will not need to be repeated for many years. I know it's not as glamorous as Masbury purchase or hiring in a steam loco, but as an additional cost we will need to raise the money for this. ALL donations very welcome, please include 'Midford Survey' in the address line or somewhere on a Paypal payment so it can be allocated properly! Cheques can be sent to New S&D, Midford Survey, 10 Bellamy Avenue, Hartcliffe, BRISTOL, BS13 0HW, Paypal payments can be made to SDRHTSales@aol.com
Conclusion of the report -
5.01 The embankment appears to have changed very little since the construction of the railway line. The
overgrown vegetation has however damaged the embankment directly behind the house, where the
management of surface water is inadequate.
5.02 During the investigation of the embankment, we found no evidence of instability. This was difficult
however due to the mass of vegetation. There are many rocky outcrops suggesting a natural rock
face below, but also areas of sandy soil suggesting slip. However, the profile of the slope appears
the same as noted in historic photographs.
5.03 As such we do not feel there is any evidence to suggest the embankment is unstable. There may be
isolated areas that have slipped but the house appears to be well protected.
5.04 However, the concrete face to the steep embankment behind the wall is in poor condition and water
is getting underneath. We therefore would advise that the loose concrete render is removed and
replaced with newer frost resistant concrete render.
5.05 The existing gully at the back of the lean to should be enlarged and maintained regularly to avoid
further blockage. Also an allowance should be made for protecting the lean to against running surface