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Bideford sinkhole to be repaired

PUBLISHED: 17:37 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:39 12 January 2018

The sinkhole in Grenville Street, Bideford.

The sinkhole in Grenville Street, Bideford.


The sinkhole at Grenville Street in Bideford is not long for this world, says Devon County Council

Volunteers at The Storehouse in Grenville Street, Bideford, with the sinkhole. Volunteers at The Storehouse in Grenville Street, Bideford, with the sinkhole.

Bideford’s newest resident is expected to be evicted by the middle of next week.

The sinkhole in Grenville Street is to be repaired, with the road expected to be open by Wednesday (January 17).

Devon County Council said it had today (Friday) carried out further investigations to try and discover the cause of the hole, which has left businesses angry over lost trade.

The council said searches carried out by South West Water this week failed to find any issues with its sewer pipes.

It said despite digging to a considerable depth, Highways teams were unable to find any damage to storm drains under the road.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, member for highway management, said: “This is a complex issue with so many structures underneath the road and we have had to co-ordinate investigative work with utility companies.

“We completely understand the frustration for local businesses and residents in the area, and we apologise for any inconvenience. It has been important to search thoroughly for any underlying problem but nothing has been found and repairs will now be carried out.”

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