Relief for residents as no major overnight movement reported at Ripon sinkhole

Aerial shot of the affected homes - credit Kurnia Aerial Photo
Aerial shot of the affected homes - credit Kurnia Aerial Photo

No major overnight movement has been reported at the site of a giant sinkhole which opened up in two Ripon gardens on Wednesday night.

The 66ft sinkhole appeared in two gardens on Magdalen's Road at around 10.30pm with 12 homes eventually having to be evacuated by fire crews.

Experts from the British Geological Society will be visiting the site at midday today but no major overnihgt movement on the sinkhole has been reported.

Investigations will continue today into the cause of the sinkhole and one of Harrogate Borough Council's structural engineers will review the site again today.

Essential repair work at the site is set to start following an assesment of the ground by the British Geological Survey.

Additional fencing will be erected today at the rear of the properties affected by the sinkhole to ensure the safety of the public.

Families have been forced to find alternative accommodation since the sinkhole appeared and have been warned it could take months before they're able to return to their homes.

Ripon is prone to sinkhole activity with this incident close to where another sinkhole opened up beneath a 100-year-old building in Magdalen's Close in 2014.