Ripon sink hole home close to collapse

York Press: Damage caused by the sink hole in in Magdelen's Road, Ripon Damage caused by the sink hole in in Magdelen's Road, Ripon

Residents have been evacuated after a 25ft crater swallowed up part of a house in an historic market town dubbed the Sinkhole Capital of Britain.

The house is on the brink of collapse after a giant chasm appeared underneath the property in Magdalen’s Close in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

The owner of the detached property, Peter Cunningham, came home from work to find the extension of his home was coming away from the main house after a 25ft crater appeared under his home.

He rang the fire brigade at around 5.40pm on Monday, who then came out to their house and rescued their dog.

Mr Cunningham, who runs local taxi firm P&P Taxis, said he was devastated by the collapse.

Yesterday the property was continuing to move, with local residents expecting the house to collapse completely.

Two properties close by were evacuated as a precaution.

Social worker Debbie Carter, 47, was told to leave her house at around 6.30pm.

She said: “I only moved in to the house last week and this happens. I wasn’t scared because I was sure the authorities were doing all they could to keep us safe, however, I am worried about the house."

But the fact it has happened doesn’t come as much of a surprise to the locals in Ripon, as the city is known to them as the sinkhole capital of Britain, as a large part of the city is built on gypsum deposits.

Gypsum is a soft material that dissolves much quicker than the surrounding limestone – particularly after persistent heavy rainfall. The latest incident in the town - which opened up on Monday evening – is believed to have been caused by a gypsum fault.

A giant 36ft-wide and 46ft-deep hole that first appeared in 1834, and remains open to this day, is said to have inspired the rabbit hole in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

On April 23, 1997, a sinkhole formed near the same site measuring 32ft-wide and 19ft-deep, and destroyed four garages as well as seriously damaging two nearby houses.

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10:41am Tue 18 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

tremmors are back....
tremmors are back.... Archiebold the 1st

10:47am Tue 18 Feb 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Well done Cllr Stanley. Prescience and local knowledge is a very valuable combination.

And let me get this right - planning officers actually recommended development? Shouldn't planning officers be the people to advise against development in these circumstances? Or didn't they know? And if so, why are they still planning officers?
Well done Cllr Stanley. Prescience and local knowledge is a very valuable combination. And let me get this right - planning officers actually recommended development? Shouldn't planning officers be the people to advise against development in these circumstances? Or didn't they know? And if so, why are they still planning officers? Ignatius Lumpopo

12:31pm Tue 18 Feb 14

rambolanka says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Well done Cllr Stanley. Prescience and local knowledge is a very valuable combination.

And let me get this right - planning officers actually recommended development? Shouldn't planning officers be the people to advise against development in these circumstances? Or didn't they know? And if so, why are they still planning officers?
Prescience and local knowledge is something that the banks appear to have also forgotten. Why are the planning officers still in post? Is this not dereliction of duty?
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Well done Cllr Stanley. Prescience and local knowledge is a very valuable combination. And let me get this right - planning officers actually recommended development? Shouldn't planning officers be the people to advise against development in these circumstances? Or didn't they know? And if so, why are they still planning officers?[/p][/quote]Prescience and local knowledge is something that the banks appear to have also forgotten. Why are the planning officers still in post? Is this not dereliction of duty? rambolanka

3:41pm Tue 18 Feb 14

greenmonkey says...

Just like fracking, perfectly safe until something happens! Planners have a thankless task as the government tells them to make decisions in limited timescale with a presumption in favour of building more houses, especially on any 'previously developed' site such as this.
Just like fracking, perfectly safe until something happens! Planners have a thankless task as the government tells them to make decisions in limited timescale with a presumption in favour of building more houses, especially on any 'previously developed' site such as this. greenmonkey

1:59pm Wed 19 Feb 14

YoRkIe59 says...

glad somebody knows Ripon is a city rather than a historic market town as the press called it
glad somebody knows Ripon is a city rather than a historic market town as the press called it YoRkIe59

2:41pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Sillybillies says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Well done Cllr Stanley. Prescience and local knowledge is a very valuable combination.

And let me get this right - planning officers actually recommended development? Shouldn't planning officers be the people to advise against development in these circumstances? Or didn't they know? And if so, why are they still planning officers?
Who is Cllr Stanley?
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Well done Cllr Stanley. Prescience and local knowledge is a very valuable combination. And let me get this right - planning officers actually recommended development? Shouldn't planning officers be the people to advise against development in these circumstances? Or didn't they know? And if so, why are they still planning officers?[/p][/quote]Who is Cllr Stanley? Sillybillies

10:53pm Wed 19 Feb 14

gwen4me says...

greenmonkey wrote:
Just like fracking, perfectly safe until something happens! Planners have a thankless task as the government tells them to make decisions in limited timescale with a presumption in favour of building more houses, especially on any 'previously developed' site such as this.
What have sink holes got to do with fracking?
[quote][p][bold]greenmonkey[/bold] wrote: Just like fracking, perfectly safe until something happens! Planners have a thankless task as the government tells them to make decisions in limited timescale with a presumption in favour of building more houses, especially on any 'previously developed' site such as this.[/p][/quote]What have sink holes got to do with fracking? gwen4me

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