A road in Cliffsend is closed off due to a ‘sinkhole’ that appears tiny on the surface but is thought to extend to some 8ft in depth.
The hole in Cottingham Road – by Foads Lane – is suspected to have been caused by a water leak.
Kent County Council has confirmed the authority would not be liable for the repair if that is the case and has requested Southern Water visit the site. The water firm would be expected to carry out repairs is a main has caused the problem.
Due to reports of drivers bypassing the signage, HERAS fencing will be put across the verge.
A KCC spokesman said the road closure was currently in place until July 14 and the issue is ‘under investigation.’. He added: ““The road closure is in place due to a void in the carriageway. Diversion route is via Cottington Link, A229 Hengist Way, Sandwich Road, Cliffsend Road and Foads Lane.”
Some residents have expressed concern that older members of the community may have trouble with the alternative routes.
There has also been a call for better road safety precautions to be put in place.