‘Root cause’ of Margate sinkhole still under investigation as geotechnical engineer is drafted in

The 'void' is still under repair Photo Frank Leppard

Southern Water says the root cause of an ever-expanding sinkhole in Margate remains under investigation with a geotechnical engineer being drafted in.

The hole opened up in St Peter’s Footpath/Church Street last Friday afternoon (January 26) with police officers needing to cordon off the site.

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

Work is underway after the sinkhole appeared Photo Frank Leppard

Since then Southern Water has had workmen on-site to temporarily repair a burst in the water main but the void remains and has grown to a significant size.

The hole began appearing in an area that is believed to have been a chalk pit.

Amy Hutchings, Southern Water’s operational manager for water, said: “We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused to customers and drivers. We temporarily repaired a burst on our 3” water main in that area which burst on Friday night.

“Some customers are still being supplied by an overland pipe while we prepare a long term repair.

“The root cause of the sinkhole however remains under investigation and a geotechnical engineer will be attending to assess this.”

Photo Frank Leppard

Highways workers have installed barriers with sandbags around void which they say is around 5 ft deep.

The road closure is from Poets Corner to Arnold Road. Diversion route is Poets Corner – Milton Avenue – Arnold Road

A Kent County Council (KCC) spokesperson added: “An emergency road closure has been put in place to protect the public after a void in the road was discovered in Church Street, Margate.

“We are working with Southern Water to resolve the issue.”

Road closure in Margate after ‘sinkhole’ appears


  1. Some of the old maps show a disused reservoir as well but not where the current problem is.
    Maybe a sign of things to come.

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