Two-metre deep cavity '˜is not a sink hole'

Work to repair two-metre deep hole on a residential street could begin tomorrow (Saturday, April 23).

Friday, 22nd April 2016, 3:05 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2016, 5:15 pm
Engineers attending to the hole on Bunyan Close, Tring

Ringway engineers were on site early this morning to investigate the hole in Bunyan Close, Tring, which is not thought to be a sink hole.

Thames Water workers arrived at 1pm with specialist equipment for surveying pipework and underground cavities.

Herts County Councillor, Nick Hollinghurst, who was on the scene, said: “This is a serious matter and a considerable worry for local homeowners.

“Fortunately it does not appear to be one of those so-called ‘swallow holes’ which have caused so much damage elsewhere in the county.

“The HCC contractors staff were first thing this morning - but it a pity that Thames Water were not able to co-ordinate in a timely manner.

“I believe that there was a near five-hour delay until their team arrived with the necessary specialised surveying equipment.

“We must sympathise with the residents and hope that a permanent repair can be completed before too long.”

It is believed the hole was caused by a leaking water pipe.