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B&B couple suffer sinking feeling as hole appears in Oakamoor

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

  • Phil and Helen Tester, who had a sink hole appear in the car park at their property. Inset, the hole before it was filled in.

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A SINK hole has opened up next to an bed and breakfast business.

The eight metre deep and two metre wide hole first appeared next to The Laurels in Star Bank, Oakamoor, on the morning of Thursday, April 3, and it has since grown in size.

The B&B owner, Phil Tester, explained that a landslide had already caused some damage to his property over the last two weeks, and to see the hole appear was an unpleasant surprise.

He said: "It came as a huge shock when I saw it.

"The landslide has already damaged parts of the car park and the property, so to have this additional problem appear was not appreciated.

"We used to park our cars on that spot and there was some equipment there on Wednesday, so we were very lucky nothing or nobody fell in.

"It is at least eight metres deep and it is about four metres wide now."

The B&B had already been forced to close due to the landslide damage, and Mr Tester revealed Thursday's events have added to their worries.

He added: "It has been a bit of a stressful two weeks here.

"Thursday was probably the low point of our lives. We have had to close, refund our guests and cancel all of our plans because of this."

Engineers, who were already on the site to deal with damage caused by the landslide, immediately fenced off the hole and have started filling it in. Mr Tester added: "Engineers have organised for the work to begin to fill in the hole. They started on Saturday, April 5, and have dumped about 60 tonnes of rock into it so far, with another 100 tonnes added on Monday, April 7. But this is only a temporary solution."

Mr Tester also confirmed they had assessed the surrounding area and had found no anomalies that required attention.

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