Canynge Square Sinkhole: Update

Mar 3, 2021

The hole in Canynge Square gardens which appeared on Christmas Day when a Japanese Pagoda tree collapsed into an old underground vault remains a popular attraction for walkers.

The Council has met with residents regarding the problem but says that it is a very complex matter which will not be quickly resolved.

As part of the planned programme of works BCC's consultants carried out a Ground Penetrating Radar survey of the gardens and surrounding roads and pavements on February 25th & 26th. On March 3rd a Turkish Hazel tree next to the collapsed cellar had to be removed for health and safety reasons. It seems there was a risk of it falling into the already collapsed vault. The fallen Japanese Pagoda tree has been trimmed and will be removed later. Sadly, it may be that other beautiful trees will be lost.

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