What's going on?! Fencing remains nine months after giant sinkhole spotted
- Credit: Ben Hardy
Barriers remain in place around a giant sinkhole which opened up in a city park nine months ago.
The hole, located on the field next to the Frere Road Community Centre in Heartsease, has been filled with topsoil, gravel and sand.
But the safety hazard remains cordoned off after police were first alerted to the hole in March.
The Frere Road park is often used for ball games and dog walking with the fencing now a familiar sight in the green space.
One 60-year-old woman walking near the park, who did not wish to be named, said: "I just took my dog in the park and you have to get used to walking around it.
"Norwich is known for its sinkholes. You do not see the council much around here though."
Locals in the estate told the Evening News about stories of garden gates sinking into the ground - with one woman even seeing half of her kitchen slump into the turf.
From the middle ages, through to the beginning of the Second World War, Norwich was mined for chalk and flint and today many of the mines, believed to have been dug between the 12th and 18th centuries, still remain underneath the city.
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Most famously, in 1988 a chalk mine collapsed under Earlham Road, with a major sinkhole forming which swallowed a double decker bus.
The city council said the sinkhole in Frere Road appeared to be caused by underlying chalk eroding.
Further assessments were carried out by the council and police following initial reports suggesting the hole was around seven metres deep.
Upon inspection, authorities found the hole was in fact three metres wide and four metres deep.
The city council has not commented on the progress of these assessments, but ward councillor Marion Maxwell said it continues to be monitored.
She said: "It's being dealt with. I have not heard anything about it recently but I know it's cordoned off and they are working on it.
"I have long Covid so I have not been out there for a few weeks myself."