Swindon Advertiser7ft hole opens near pathway (From Swindon Advertiser)

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7ft hole opens near pathway

Swindon Advertiser: Ken Wordsall Ken Wordsall

AN EVER-widening hole has opened up in a beauty spot and dog walker Ken Wordsall fears it could swallow a bike, a pet or even a child.

Swindon Council and Thames Water have been notified of the 4ft-wide hole, which is about 7ft deep, near the cycle path that runs near Dart Avenue into the Sevenfields Nature Reserve.

Barriers have been put up to warn people to stay away.

But Ken, 73, of Greenmeadow, said it needed to be sorted soon as the forecast heavy rain could cause the hole to expand further.

He said: “The council have put the boards up but they don’t cover it and it got wider in the half an hour between me spotting it and then walking back past it with the dog.”

The retired production superintendent said the cycle path could even be under threat as more of the earth falls away.

But he said it was unclear who had responsibility for repairing the hole.

“I called the council and they hot-footed it out there and put the barriers up,” he said.

“Then I spoke to Thames Water and they turned round and said if it was a problem with their sewer pipe or a storm drain they could fix it but if it was subsidence it’s the Environment Agency, so they are sending an engineer out to investigate.

“But they said it’s not their job to report it to the Environment Agency.

“Something needs doing quickly – it’s dangerous. “The cycle path is busy and sometimes the youngsters cycle on the grass to get round people on the path.

“If a pet were to fall down it they’d disappear – it’s about 7ft deep and you can hear the rush of water below.

“If we get the rain forecast it will just get bigger and bigger and more of the earth will fall in.”

A spokesman for the council said: “We have been informed about it and it appears to be a water chamber. “We have made the area safe and are conducting investigations to find out who is responsible.”

A spokesman for Thames Water said: “We have logged it on our system and will be sending an engineer out in the near future to look at whether it is a problem with our network or not.”

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8:33am Mon 10 Feb 14

Always Grumpy says...

It sounds as if all the 'jobsworth' are in control - no-one taking responsibility.
It sounds as if all the 'jobsworth' are in control - no-one taking responsibility. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 10

10:34am Mon 10 Feb 14

PaulD says...

A large hole has appeared.

People are looking into it.
A large hole has appeared. People are looking into it. PaulD
  • Score: 24

11:08am Mon 10 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

Sinkhole, probably of nature's making, unlike this one reported in National Geographic which swallowed a 3-story building in Guatemala. http://goo.gl/VD1WNY
Sinkhole, probably of nature's making, unlike this one reported in National Geographic which swallowed a 3-story building in Guatemala. http://goo.gl/VD1WNY Hmmmf
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

EVERETTP9 says...

WITH A BIT OF LUCK, ONE OF THOSE ILLEGAL MOTORCYCLISTS WILL DISSAPREAR DOWN IT AND GIVE US ALL SOME PEACE AND QUIET.
WITH A BIT OF LUCK, ONE OF THOSE ILLEGAL MOTORCYCLISTS WILL DISSAPREAR DOWN IT AND GIVE US ALL SOME PEACE AND QUIET. EVERETTP9
  • Score: 13

12:48pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Wildwestener says...

The bloke is literally making a mountain out of a mole hole
The bloke is literally making a mountain out of a mole hole Wildwestener
  • Score: 1

3:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

trustnopolitician says...

Who will blame who ?
Who will blame who ? trustnopolitician
  • Score: 0

10:12pm Mon 10 Feb 14

roberto5 says...

trustnopolitician wrote:
Who will blame who ?
Its all SBC fault
[quote][p][bold]trustnopolitician[/bold] wrote: Who will blame who ?[/p][/quote]Its all SBC fault roberto5
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