Dangerous sinkhole opens up on UK road and sends rocks crashing into garden

A huge sinkhole has left a UK road looking worse for wear after a wall collapsed in the heavy rain, causing massive damage.

The retaining wall had already received significant damage over the last few months, but it would appear said accumulation was too much, with the wall subsequently toppling over in Holmforth, West Yorkshire.

Heavy rain forced the wall into collapsing and has since opened up a dangerous sinkhole that has been cordoned off with cones, sandbags and fences on South Lane road, YorkshireLive reported.

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Said "sink hole" was shown to have ruptured the ground and crashed through into the allotment-like garden of a nearby home, with rubble and fencing falling into it.

Locals had raised their concerns about the potential for disaster in the area in March last year, with joiner Ivan Beardsell saying he feared a collapse of the wall was imminent.

His fears proved true, and the wall has since collapsed, although Kirklees Council have noted that the wall is not their responsibility to fix as it is on private land.

Drivers are now being urged to avoid the area following the mass damage and subsequent sinkhole appearance.

Councillor Moses Crook said: "Unfortunately, a retaining wall below South Lane has collpased during the recent wet weather.

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"We are doing everything necessary to make this safe and we (myself and Cllr Paul Davies) are in close contact with senior Kirklees officers who are at work and dealing with this issue.

"The site will be monitored over the New Year and emergency planning teams will be visiting the site to review these interim measures."

Representatives for the Holme Valley Conservatives also released a statement, reading: "Please be cautious near this wall collapse on South Lane, Holmfirth.

"Unfortunately this wall is another structure whereby KMC and property owners are in disagreement in respect of responsibility. Many dry stone walls are structurally failing across the Holme Valley. Do you know who is responsible for maintaining yours?"

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