‘DEEP AND COMPLEX’ REPAIR NEEDED AS SINKHOLE CAUSE IDENTIFIED

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Specialist mainland services are being brought in to repair a mains sewer pipe that has been identified as the cause of a sinkhole in Ryde.

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.

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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”.

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Yates
Yates
1 month ago

Seems like a big job.

zaggie
zaggie
Reply to  Yates
1 month ago

I thought sewer being piped into the sea didn’t occur now

Magnifico
Magnifico
Reply to  Yates
1 month ago

Im sure it will be. There is a gigantic turd tank buried behind the rowing club.

Sid
Sid
1 month ago

It’s good to know someone’s looking into it. Sorry.

David
David
1 month ago

Should have done it right the first time. Is the company that did the poor job going to be held liable and pay for the repair ? Probably not..

Chris
Chris
Reply to  David
1 month ago

It’s probably decades old and ground movement does happen over the years.

Shenannigan's Folly
Shenannigan's Folly
Reply to  Chris
1 month ago

Therefore a sensible idea to avoid all new development “higher up”.

Level Phil
Level Phil
1 month ago

There has been a recent spate of fly tipping on the Island, and here we have a large hole that needs filling. With a bit of organising, we can kill two birds with one stone.

'Ad-enough!
'Ad-enough!
Reply to  Level Phil
1 month ago

Wait until it gets a bit bigger, then stick the bloating fridge in it!

equality
equality
1 month ago

what disruption…it is on a footpath barely used at this time of year

Merry Jamson's
Merry Jamson's
Reply to  equality
1 month ago

we uses it a lot, takes Jason’s dog out for his toilets there. He always wee’s on that stone plinth.

J D
J D
Reply to  equality
1 month ago

I got disrupted by it. I walked along there and couldn’t get past the fence.
I then walked around it on the grass and got muddy feet. I do hope Southern water pay for new shoes as mine were ruined and now look all brown.
It’s outrageous that walker’s are expected to go a few yards out of their way and get muddy feet. I demand compensation and will never vote for this shambles of a council again.

KEV
KEV
1 month ago

“Deep and complex repair needed”, Is this the sink hole or the IOW Council under the headline?

Ron
Ron
1 month ago

I have got a feeling i am to blame, i had a really strong curry the same night the hole appeared.

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