Two sets of lights have been installed on the A466 between St Arvans and Tintern due to rock falls and unstable ground. Both sets are within or adjoining Blackcliff/Wyndcliff Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This significantly impacts on the work we can undertake and everything has to be in accordance with the Habitat Regulations (HR) with appropriate consents required from the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Welsh Government (WG).
Site 1 is at the Wyndcliffe near St Arvans. We have investigated a number of options for repair but of those available, regrading of the rock face to a safe slope would seem to be the most reliable approach. Due to potential loss of SSSI and SAC habitat we have been collecting the necessary ecology data over recent months which will allow us to make a HR application. This will be submitted to WG for determination and we hope to be able to do so in the next few months. The proposed works will require a full road closure but we are unlikely to do this until October due to consideration for the tourism industry and sensitive nature of the Wye Valley. The exact date will depend on successful consent from WG.
Site 2 is just south of the old Livox Quarry entrance and has similar issues to Site 1, but not as severe. We have obtained the necessary ecology data and protected species licences to carry out the repairs. We are currently awaiting for the necessary consent from NRW but works are planned for 19th February and involve a full road closure. The proposal is to remove the vegetation from the rock slope followed by discreet scaling and rock removal works. Due to the uncertainties involved in this type of work we have allowed seven weeks but if all goes well it should take less, after which we can remove this set of lights.