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Meopham hole biggest experts have seen residents told

PUBLISHED: 10:40 06 January 2011

Meopham Hole

Meopham Hole

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More than 100 anxious residents were told by experts the huge hole opened on the A227 on New Year's Day will be closed to traffic for at least ten more days and "is the largest ever seen"

An emergency meeting at Meopham Village Hall of parish and Gravesham Borough councillors, Southern Water representatives and Kent Police was called on Wednesday night after the crater by Meopham Green caused traffic chaos and led to families being evacuated from their homes.

John Young, Southern Water’s area manager and Simon Hawkes, the site manager in charge of the repairing operation both confirmed the hole, which is 3 foot deep and spans the width of the road was the largest they had seen in their careers.

Mr Young said Kent Highways officers are carrying out test this weekend but hoped the road would be reopened on Sunday January 16.

“If all goes according to plan and we are given the all clear by Highways we should be able to reopen the A227 a week on Sunday,” he said.

Mr Hawkes added gas and electricity lines damaged by the burst water main would be fixed during next week and should not lead to lose of power for the surrounding areas.

Following concerns raised by residents parish councillors and MP Adam Holloway Southern Water agreed to set up a daily meeting at the hall at 3pm, install more lighting for the temporary walkway set up through Cricketers Drive, request more diversion signs from Highways and look into traffic problems in Harvel.

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