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Sheringham sinkhole repair plans being drawn up, say town councillors

PUBLISHED: 11:57 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:57 31 May 2019

Workers inspecting the sinkhole in Sheringham High Street. Picture: STEPH MENZIES

Workers inspecting the sinkhole in Sheringham High Street. Picture: STEPH MENZIES

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Plans for repairing a sinkhole which appeared in Sheringham's high street last week are being developed, say town councillors.

Businesses are counting the cost in lost trade in Sheringham High Street, due to a sinkhole closing the road to traffic. Pictures: David BaleBusinesses are counting the cost in lost trade in Sheringham High Street, due to a sinkhole closing the road to traffic. Pictures: David Bale

The hole emerged in the town's main shopping street in the afternoon of Saturday, May 25, and has been slowly expanding ever since as engineers assess the extent of the damage.

And now Sheringham town council have said work is underway to repair the hole, with a water supply and temporary services already up and running.

Mayor Madeleine Ashcroft said: "The site is already looking quieter with smaller holes filled in now the water supply and temporary services are in place.

"The structural survey using the mini drilling rig was completed yesterday (Thursday, May 30) and the results and the structural surveyors reports and sonic survey will now be collated."

Businesses are counting the cost in lost trade in Sheringham High Street, due to a sinkhole closing the road to traffic. Chai-Yo restaurant. Pictures: David BaleBusinesses are counting the cost in lost trade in Sheringham High Street, due to a sinkhole closing the road to traffic. Chai-Yo restaurant. Pictures: David Bale

She added: "This means the site will be quieter over the weekend as it is essential this information is analysed before a design plan for the repairs can be developed.

"Therefore, although there will appear to be little work going on on site this important behind the scenes work will be completed."

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Once the design plan is in place, workers will be able to safely excavate back down to repair further Anglian Water Services under controlled conditions.

"Anglian Water will then repair the water main and the 300mm sewer and permanently fill the hole," she added.

"Once the design plan is in place clearer time scales will be available."

And deputy mayor Liz Withington said more signs would be placed to highlight that Sheringham is open for business.

"Structural surveys of adjacent buildings will be taking place today (Friday, May 31)," she said.

"The town has been furnished with large signage at the entrance and this is being further enhanced today to make it clear the town centre has access for pedestrians and businesses are open for business.

"Carnival and the town council are also completing a review of the signage put in place and making improvements to the signage to improve the flow of traffic and make it easier to access the town centre."

She added: "With sun and high temperatures the town is looking forward to being busy and doing what Sheringham does best.

"Sun, sand and sea with a fantastic independent town centre.

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