Southern Water repairs taking place at Margate ‘sinkhole’ site

Work is underway after the sinkhole appeared Photo Frank Leppard

Southern Water workers are at St Peter’s Footpath/ Church Street in Margate to carry out ‘urgent maintenance’ after a sink hole opened up yesterday (January 26).

A section of the road was cordoned off by police after the void was reported at around 3.10pm.

A curious cat examining the sinkhole when it first appeared Photo Frank Leppard

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called at 3.10pm  to reports of a sinkhole in Church Street, Margate. Officers attended the scene where they assisted Southern Water teams.”

Photo Frank Leppard

The surface layer of the site collapsed, also bringing down part of a wall, opening up a gaping hole. At least one property has been evacuated.

Photo Frank Leppard

Kent Highways say the road could be closed for up to three weeks “due to a void in carriageway between Poets Corner and the junction with Arnold Road.”

A diversion is in place via Poets Corner – Milton Avenue – Arnold Road.

Photo Frank Leppard

Southern Water is repairing a burst main at the site. The firm says: “Our teams will be carrying out urgent maintenance. You may notice short interruptions or pressure changes to your supply throughout the day.

“We’re really sorry for any inconvenience this might cause, we aim to complete these repairs as soon as possible.

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“When your water comes back on, you may notice some minor discolouration or low pressure; this is completely normal and is only temporary.”

Voids can be caused by gaps in settlement, regular shrinking and swelling of clay and silt in soil, washout due to leaking water pipes or rainwater or even tunnelling animals.

Road closure in Margate after ‘sinkhole’ appears


  1. Intriguing – the Isle appears to be made of Swiss cheese. Other holey cheeses are available.

    The Isle of pot-holes, sink-holes, rabbit holes and a**esoles.

    • If you don’t like thanet, move ,your problem solved .Take your moans with you,it’s the same everywhere you go

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