Observer: ‘Climate change means we can expect more sinkholes’

 Our Saturday independent columnist Observer reckons the rise in the number of sinkholes is all down to climate change. The column also suggests bin collections in Wealden should go back “in house” and wonders just what it will take to make Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling resign.


Go back 20 or 30 years and sinkholes were, at least in my mind, what you found in rugged limestone country, such as the Yorkshire Dales.

Now we seem to have an epidemic on our roads.

For us in Uckfield, the latest manifestation was in Church Street but a Google search shows there have been many more including a huge collapse in Kent and another in West Sussex.

Put simply, a sinkhole occurs when the rock, soil or sand beneath the surface is washed away, creating a cavity.

The Church Street one was caused by a broken sewer. Thankfully the road is now re-open.

The area would seem prone with cellars coming out into the road from nearby properties.

Putting the sewer issue to one side, I think the more extreme weather we are getting – long dry periods interspersed with extremely wet periods has much to do with it.

The climate is changing and sinkholes are one result.

Refuse collections

Finally, Wealden District Council has said what its residents have known for a long time that waste/recycling collections are poor and unacceptable.

Quite why it has taken the council so long to face facts, I don’t know.

The contract has been blighted from the start.

The switch to Kier brought horrendous problems with waste piling up all over the place.

Since then, it has been a rocky road and the deal with Kier cannot end soon enough for me.

When Wealden did the job itself the service was much better, as things generally are if you employ the staff.

On the trains

The Uckfield Line has rumbled on this week with some cancellations/short-forms etc but the real problems continue to be on Thameslink and Northern Rail

My big gripe is that the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, is telling the rail industry to sort things out [external link].

Has he forgotten that his job puts him in charge of the railways?

Mr Grayling has presided over the Southern fiasco, now the Thameslink/Northern shambles.

What will it take him to make him resign?

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