£135,000 to be claimed to fix Welwyn Garden City subsidence
PUBLISHED: 06:25 09 September 2011
WELWYN Hatfield Council is to seek potential funding of around £1350,000 to temporarily stop further “catastrophic” subsidence in a WGC road it was decided this week.
The council’s cabinet decided on Tuesday night that it will need to apply for funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), after a report highlighted that underground chalk mines in Daniells could collapse at any point and potentially BLOW up the gas mains and damage the sewage services.
If granted, the money will be spent to further investigate holes and to set up temporary measures from any further subsidence in the road, which has already seen part of a home and the highway collapse.
Councillor Alan Franey, deputy leader and executive member for resources, said: “It is clear that some sort of anomaly does exist beyond the boundary of the highway. However the results of the work carried out are inconclusive and further investigation will be needed to clarify the extent of the issue.
“Clearly, Welwyn Hatfield Council is not responsible for these ground anomalies and the funds we have to spend are very limited. In Hatfield, the government provided the funding for the exploration and remediation work, which we feel is right and proper in such cases. We will, therefore, be seeking funding from the HCA for any further work necessary.
“Householders may well have to turn to their own insurers in some cases as well.”
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