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Businesses remain closed in Norfolk town due to sinkhole - but 'progress' being made

PUBLISHED: 09:35 30 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:35 30 May 2019

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

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

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Three businesses remain closed in Sheringham due to the sinkhole that appeared in the High Street nearly a week ago, but the town council said 'progress' was being made to fix it.

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

Traders are already counting the cost in lost business after the cavernous sinkhole appeared in the road surface on Saturday afternoon.

The High Street below the Town Clock to Wyndham Street is closed to traffic but there is pedestrian access along all of the High Street.

Adjacent to the hole the main pedestrian access has been widened on the east side, with the completion of works to mains water pipes.

And the council said that, on the west side, there is still pedestrian access to All Natural Company, Pungleberrys and Stevenson's Chip Shop and Cafe. All other areas of the town have full access.

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A Sheringham Town Council spokesman said today: "Although progress may seem slow it is definitely being made. Yesterday sonic surveys of the area were completed and today a mini drilling rig will be surveying the area to identify areas of soft ground.

"As soon as a clearer picture emerges, time scales will also be clearer and the town council will update the community."

Meanwhile, more highways signs have been put up to improve signposting into the town and a council spokesman added: "Plans are now in place to make use of the Carnival PA system in the event of the need to help people move around the town if any temporary closures have to be put in place as well as extra signage available.

"Sadly, three businesses still remain closed due to the access issues but water connections to all businesses affected in the High Street have been re-established albeit some are of a temporary nature.

"The main story, however, is that Sheringham has continued to be busy and is very much open for business."

The popular Classic Car Festival on June 9 will still take place, a council spokesman added. "Sheringham looks forward to over 400 classic cars and a few Anglian Water vans to spot and lots of visitors coming to see us and a 'little hole'," a spokesman said.

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