More sinkholes will appear in the Church Street/High Street area of Uckfield, a senior town councillor has warned.
Cllr Diane Ward said the highways authority, East Sussex County Council, should carry out a proper survey of the affected area.
The issue was raised at a town council environment and leisure committee meeting on Monday (June 11) when members discussed matters they wanted raised with the county council at a July meeting of a joint committee aimed at “strengthening local relationships”.
Cllr Ward, Trust Independent, Uckfield Central, who chairs the council’s general purposes committee said the county should put more emphasis on solving the sinkhole problem.
The latest was in Church Street and the end of May/beginning of June. See our story here
Cllr Ward said: “This is not the first time there has been a sinkhole in Church Street. In fact, there has probably been three in as many years.
“My concern is that Southern Water just put a camera through the pipes they are aware of.
“On this occasion, and the time when there was a sinkhole outside Millets last year, they did that. Then, East Sussex County Council dug deeper and they found more pipes that are not on anybody’s maps.
“Should East Sussex County Council have a look at where all the pipes are?”
Cllr Ward added: “When you are talking about the top of the town, there are a lot of tunnels which are historic – initially for prisoners going from the police station to the court.
“There were also smugglers’ tunnels etc and that should be on there also.
“Each time the sinkholes appear in Church Street, and also when it did in the High Street, people were saying ‘has it got anything to do with these tunnels’.”
Cllr Ward said she had spoken to an East Sussex highways representative who said there no tunnels.
“East Sussex doesn’t seem to realise that ‘yes, there are’.
“I think they should know where all the utility pipes and tunnels are in Uckfield because I do not think it will be long before there is another sinkhole, whether it be in Church Street or in the High Street again,” she said.