Update on May 25, at 12.30pm: East Sussex County Council says that a sink hole in Church Street, Uckfield, stretches across nearly the whole of the carriageway and is about one metre deep.
The surface hole was around 600mm in diameter but the much bigger hole beneath will require significant repair work, says a council spokesman.
The spokesman added: “We attended to make the area safe, which we did by putting barriers around the hole in question and arranging for the road to be closed.
“Our engineers are now investigating the cause of the sink hole, including the possibility that a collapsed sewer could be to blame, and, accordingly, are liaising with Southern Water.
“Due to the serious nature of the damage to the road, it will have to remain closed for now, but we’d like to assure residents that we’re doing everything we can to ensure it can be repaired as quickly as possible.”
From the original Uckfield News story on Friday, May 25: Church Street, Uckfield, remains closed to traffic this morning after a sink hole opened up last night.
There’s confusion among drivers as vehicles can still turn into Church Street from High Street enabling access to Regency Close but beyond that there is a roadblock.
Traffic can also approach from the other end of Church Street and is forced to turn round in the entrance to Belmont Road.
Uckfield News is also waiting to hear from East Sussex County Council what is to be done about the sink hole which is just beyond and on the same side of the road as the Cranwell Wealth Solutions office.
People based near the sink hole were wondering why it wasn’t filled in last night when it was discovered. They say workmen were there and they were surprised to see the road blocked this morning.
• There have long been rumours of tunnels underneath Uckfield High Street and Church Street but while tunnels haven’t been discovered Uckfield Preservation Society says, in a booklet which accompanied a High Street exhibition at Bridge Cottage, that a ‘visitors guide’ to the town of 1869 tells of a sunken stone room underneath the south corner of the Church Street junction.
The booklet also says that when the 1960s block, where the PipeDreams shop can be found, was built some stone blocks, pillars and other remains were discovered in a modern cellar which may date to the medieval period.
Other connected cavities were uncovered underneath the Maiden’s Head pub, now the Smokehouse, which may have been part of the same cellar.
• There was a power cut in the Snatts Road area of Uckfield affecting 567 customers this morning because of a fault on the electricity network at 8am. Supplies wre reconnected by 8.55am. UK Power Networks apologised for any inconvenience caused.
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