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Dr Clive Edmonds and left, the road damage in Leeds

Sink hole ‘may happen again’

AN expert geologist claims a cata- strophic sink hole which shut a Kent village for six months is only a burst water main away in other parts of the borough. Much of the soil and deep level ground structure across Maidstone is of a similar nature to Leeds – leaving it susceptible to sudden col- lapses. Dr Clive Edmonds, a geohazards

expert specialising in sinkholes for engineering giant Peter Brett Asso- ciates (PBA), said the suspected leak there could trigger similar events elsewhere. The collapse which occurred in

Leeds in November 2014 is thought to have been caused by awater es- cape causing weaknesses in under- ground “voids” which eventually gaveway. Dr Edmonds said: “In principle,

the same geological circumstances are present in a wide area, not only in the village but the land around it for that problem to happen. “You need something to trigger it.

In Upper Street, Leeds, it was be- lieved that awater main leakingwas the probable trigger. “The geological conditions are similar in other areas, not just in Leeds but places like Maidstone and West Malling.” Asked if high volumes of traffic

MAIDSTONE Borough Council (MBC) says it wants to make more of its Roman-style amphitheatre on the banks of the river near the Arch- bishops’ Palace. Described as one of the town’s “most delightful outdoor venues” the site has been branded by some as “a wasted investment” and “a drug-dealing gang meeting corner”. The arena and stage, which seats

250 people, is one of the lasting legacy projects, funded in part by the National Lottery, to celebrate the Millennium. The council says the amphithe-

atre is now one of three priorities identified in a three-year action

were a contributing factor, Dr Ed- monds added: “It’s difficult to gauge. Clearly, the roads have been used for a long time until therewas too muchwater in one location. “We don’t think traffic levelswere implicated although one might argue that if you had a shallow void and you put a heavy load onto it, it wouldn’t be helpful.” At the time of the sinkhole ap- pearing, local councillor Gary Cooke said a separate series of in- dependent investigations had been carried out and found no imminent threat. But he claimed that the traffic levels going through the village “can’t have helped”. The voids which collapsed were

at depths of 25-30m. Downs Mail has obtained a copy

of the PBA survey into the orginal Leeds collapse which hinted at wider possible problems in the Maidstone area. Dr Edmonds studied geology at

the University of Nottingham and holds a master’s degree in engineer- ing geology from Imperial College, London. He also holds a PhD in engineer-

ing geomorphology from Royal Holloway. Dr Edmonds, a PBA partner,was

called in provide expertise on the crisis which hit Leeds.

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said: “MBC would like to see more events taking place in the am- phitheatre and we would be very happy to work with event organis- ers looking to book an outdoor space either in this space or the River Stage at Whatman Park.”

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