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Mavisbank Policies : Risk from landslip

22 March 2013

A significant landslip has taken place on the north-east side of Mavisbank Policies affecting the high slope adjacent to the dovecote.

The slip area is over 150 metres long and has completely cut off the track along the north perimeter fence.  The ground appears to be still moving and has dropped up to two metres since November 2012.  

This has left an almost vertical face of exposed earth which is potentially unstable.  On the lower slopes below the dovecote cracks have opened up in the ground and there is evidence of localised soil slips.  

It is unclear at present how much further the land will slip or when the ground movement in the vicinity will stop.

Historic Scotland has surveyed the area and is carrying out regular monitoring of the ground conditions. Barriers and warning signage have been erected to discourage access to the areas currently known to be at risk. All users are asked to observe the warning signage and avoid sections that have been closed off and to be aware of the risk

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John MacNeil
Media Relations Manager
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0131 668 8714 or 07854 366 827
john.macneil@scotland.gsi.gov.uk