Six years after a mudslide crushed luxury cars and badly damaged a garage building, the owner fears history will repeat itself.
Torrential downpours in January 2008 caused a 20-foot embankment belonging to Goss Graphic Systems Ltd to collapse onto LD Thornley garage in Aqueduct Street.
Andrew Cotton who owns the premises, said: “I’ve still got four or five foot of banking resting on the back of my building six years later, and water is pouring in.
“Goss’s put gabions in to make the banking secure, but they’ve moved and there’s water cutting a rut into the footpath. With all this bad weather we’ve been having, I’m worried it’s going to happen again and we need a drainage system.”
Shane Lancaster, a director of Goss Graphic Systems Ltd, said: “We instructed civil engineers to arrest the banking and gabions were installed where the bank had slipped onto Mr Cotton’s land at considerable expense to ourselves.
“I looked at the site this afternoon and the gabions are still there doing their job.
“We are a responsible neighbour and if there is a problem with our site we will rectify it.”
Mr Cotton added: “When it happened in 2008, I was running a Land Rover business turning over £1.5m a year and employing six people, and Leon Thornley was running a Mercedes business employing three.
“The damage put us out of business, put several people out of a job, and I’ve spent God knows how much money on solicitors letters trying to get decent drainage in place.”