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Sinkhole Appears In Popular Country Park

Tuesday February 25 2014


Sinkhole (right) on Trans Pennine Trial Sinkhole (right) on Trans Pennine Trial


A FOUR-METRE-DEEP sinkhole near Worsbrough Mill appeared on Monday morning.

The council's public rights of way team were notified of subsidence around a former mine shaft which had occurred in the embankment adjacent to the Trans Pennine Trail.

The hole, which measures one metre across the surface, is approximately four metres deep.

A Barnsley Council spokesman said: "A member of the team and an officer from the South Yorkshire Mining Advisory Service immediately carried out a site inspection.

"We understand the Coal Authority is in the process of identifying the work that will be required to rectify the subsidence."

* Temporary fencing has been erected around the site for public safety and people using the Trans Pennine Trail at this location should keep to the bridleway.

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Reply Posted by Matty on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 13:43
Chill.. my dog got carried away lol

Reply Posted by paul on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 15:13
Should have used there noggin before they shut pits down..... Take out from under the ground and eventually it will collapse..... Why did they not back fill the pits ?? We have stinking rubbish tips scattered all over country why not fill it back in with house hold waste deep under ground.

Reply Posted by Death Angel on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 17:28
This is likely to be a very old mine shaft which never appeared on local maps. The area has been mined since the 12th Century and is full of old mine workings.
I am surprised we don't get more of this.

Reply Posted by A Minor on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 18:13
Paul, even if you put household rubbish in it it would breakdown and reduce in size and could still lead to sink holes as well as needing to vent the gases. Not as straight forward as you think especially with H&S just working in a mine.

Reply Posted by neil b on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 18:23
In answer to Paul, it was always said to be too expensive to put solid matter back down the pit, they did actually put some back in 1960s down Redbrook from the area off Whalley rd ( nr Honda dealer ). The only other re-filling i knew of was at Woolley colliery where i recollect they pumped down the pit " slurry " which is a far easier process , this was nr the end of the pits life,i seem to remember it only lasted a few weeks, but like you Paul it seemed a good solution .

Reply Posted by Worsbro woz on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 18:42
They should fill it wi kendrayers ;-)

Reply Posted by Humbug on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 19:19
It's Armageddon ....

Reply Posted by jamie on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 23:29
Paul. Are you not forgetting that the majority of our rubbish is degradeable? Just because it wont degrade in your lifetime and may solve the current issues arising any time soon, doesnt mean it wont. It most likely will affect people long down the time line... one of the many issues within the way todays people think, like the government we have - the future is not thought about first.

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 08:39
Sink hole? Get some men to "Look Into It", meanwhile close a 5 kilometer area due to health & safety, FILL THE DAMN THING IN!

Reply Posted by Katie Jane on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:34
I heard that they flooded pits after they shut 'em

Reply Posted by Rosie on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 21:46
It might be old edmunds pit should fill sink hole or cement it over

Reply Posted by martin on Wednesday February 26 2014 at 23:24
Martin Wood
Remember they were mostly dug by women and children .I've see the tunnels they have left behined as straight as tram lines too small for men to work in it's very sad to think of the hardship they had to put with in there very short lives .they had no time to fill in the working .remember they were almost starving on work no food .they had to work dy a candells I don't know how they did it .when you see the old working it very sad to think off then poor buggers and there lives .it was just slavery !!