As previously reported by Island Echo, a large hole has appeared on a footpath at Appley that now measures around 8ft wide and 10ft deep. The situation became apparent when a walker’s foot went straight through the tarmac surface and the area has been crumbling away ever since.
Southern Water has issued a statement confirming that a sewer pipe deep below the surface is the cause.
Tankers are now being called in to take sewage away from the area so that local residents and businesses can continue to use kitchen and bathrooms as normal.
A spokesperson for Southern Water has said:
“We have been working to investigate the sinkhole that appeared on Appley seafront since it appeared last week.
“Our investigations have established the mains sewer line deep below the surface is the cause. While we complete the necessary repairs as quickly as possible, you may see some tankers in the area. They are critical to helping us to maintain wastewater services until the repair is complete, so that local residents and businesses can continue to use kitchen and bathroom facilities as normal.
“This is a complex repair, due to the size and depth of the pipe, that requires specialist services from the mainland. We also face the challenge of a forecast for heavy rainfall this week.
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“We recognise the disruption this has caused locally and apologise to those affected. We wish to reassure customers that we are working to rectify the issue as quickly as possible and thank them for their patience and for giving our frontline workers the safe distance they need to carry out their work safely”.