Sinkhole in Bideford to be repaired next week

Photo of a road closed sign

Posted on: 12 January 2018

Further investigations have been carried out on a sinkhole in Grenville Street in Bideford today (Friday 12 January).

Devon County Council has excavated the site today to continue examinations of the hole in the road after searches carried out by South West Water this week failed to find any issues with its sewer pipes.

Highways teams have been searching for the cause of the sinkhole in order to determine the extent of the repair needed. However, despite digging to a considerable depth, no damage has been found to storm drains under the road.

The hole will be backfilled and reinstated next week, with the aim of re-opening the road by Wednesday.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet 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.”

Councillor Linda Hellyer

Councillor Linda Hellyer, Devon County Councillor for Bideford East, said: “I want to thank the local traders and residents for their patience and bearing with us while investigating this issue. Hopefully this will be resolved by the middle of next week.”

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