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Doomwatch

I feel the need to include something on the subject of the threat that disused mine workings pose to land and property owners. Its seems that recently, our chickens are coming home to roost. The situation is particularly bad in Cornwall. A few years ago, at Gunnislake, a major part of a housing estate was evacuated after someone's garden disappeared down an old shaft. Recently someone's drive on St Ives hill collapsed into an old shaft, you could look down and see all the services exposed, what you couldn't see was the bottom. In 2003 a collapse started on the Tesco supermarket car park at St Ives. This was excavated into old mine workings.

Photograph taken on Tesco St Ives car park early in 2003.


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