Chalk mines work done

PUBLISHED: 19:07 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009

Briars Lane, Hatfield

Briars Lane, Hatfield

CHALK mines under homes and a school have been made safe thanks to a £4m investment. Work is now complete at Briars Lane, Hatfield, after years of uncertainty. The mines were discovered in 2003 after houses began to subside. Welwyn Hatfield Council and

CHALK mines under homes and a school have been made safe thanks to a £4m investment.

Work is now complete at Briars Lane, Hatfield, after years of uncertainty.

The mines were discovered in 2003 after houses began to subside.

Welwyn Hatfield Council and Hertfordshire County Council have worked together with contractors Mace, Hyder, Ritchies and Peter Brett Associates on the project.

In recognition of the works completion, affected residents are being invited to a presentation evening tonight (Wednesday), where they will be given legal documents declaring their homes safe.

Councillor Alan Franey said: "I really commend the residents for living with the disruption and for having such patience over the whole project.

"It has taken two funding applications to English Partnerships, robust project planning and effective partnership working to achieve the stabilisation of the area.

"I'm happy for the residents that any blight to their homes has been removed and they can now look to the future.

"I see the event as the start of the revitalisation of the area."

County council leader Robert Gordon added: "The residents of Briars Lane have been through a challenging time and it is totally to their credit that they have continued to be of good humour in working with us to resolve the issues.

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