A NORTHWICH business has been left counting the cost after an unexpected landslip damaged its building and stock.

Barnyard Pet and Equestrian Supplies staff arrived at the premises in the Cosgrove Business Park in Anderton on Tuesday, December 28, to find water and mud in their warehouse.

Nearby Soot Hill had to be closed in both directions as a result of a landslip under the carriageway opposite the industrial estate.

Despite the structural damage caused, Barnyard is still open for business, albeit with restrictions on browsing. 

Business owner Laura Edgeley said: “Unfortunately the landslide collided with the rear of our building and caused damage.

“We arrived on site within approximately 25 minutes of it happening and had a significant amount of water and mud that entered the warehouse side of our store, causing damage to quite a lot of stock and of course we had to get everything else moved out to save as much as we could.

“We’re currently unable to open our store for browsing due to the structural damage to the back of the property which also causes water to enter when it rains.

“We are however open for business and we trying our best to help customers from the store front.

“Staff can get any items that you need for all of your pets and horses but we know that doesn’t replace being able to browse.

“We’re also currently offering a free delivery service while the road is closed for anyone that needs anything.

“We would like to thank our amazing team who have turned out every day – despite being their days off – family, friends and neighbouring businesses for their help and support to get back open. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council engineers have attended the scene to survey the problem.

A council spokesman said: “It was necessary to close Soot Hill from its junction with Winnington Lane through to Hough Lane/New Road, due to the collapse of a retaining wall which supports the highway.

“A diversion route is in place and access is being maintained to the business park, from the south side off Winnington Lane.

“A 3D laser scan survey of the whole site has now been undertaken which will help to inform further ongoing investigations. 

“Once these are completed, a programme of works will then be developed."