A ROAD which reopened in March after a 13-month closure is set to shut again for resurfacing works.

Herefordshire Council said the B4224 in Fownhope would be closed for a total of five days in August.

The road was closed in February 2020 from Fiddler’s Green to Fownhope after Storm Dennis, and eventually reopened in March 2021.

The storm caused a 6.5 metre wide landslip and a partial collapse of a 100-metre long retaining wall. It was originally thought that works to repair the damage may have taken until the end of September 2020, though the council hoped the road would reopen ’much sooner’.

And after further delays pushed the road’s reopening to this year, county highways chiefs were forced to apologise, with ward councillor John Hardwick raising a formal complaint on behalf of residents.

Now, five months after reopening, the road will be shut again, the council’s contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places said.

The letter, sent to local residents, said the road would be closed between Scotch Firs and Lower House Gardens from Monday, August 23 to Wednesday, August 25 between 9am and 5pm.

The road will also be closed between Mordiford to Fownhope at Fiddlers Green from Tuesday, August 24 to Friday, August 27 between 9am and 5pm.

Access to businesses and homes will be maintained "as much as possible", Balfour Beatty said.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you," the schedule added.

"At Balfour Beatty we work in partnership with Herefordshire Council to minimise the impact of our work and try to keep all disruption to a minimum - we appreciate your patience."