Ripon MP urges residents living near giant sinkhole to stay vigilant

Ripon MP Julian Smith at Magdalen's Road
Ripon MP Julian Smith at Magdalen's Road

Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith has urged residents living near Magdalen's Road to stay vigilant after a giant sinkhole appeared on Wednesday night.

The 66ft appeared in two back gardens at around 10.30pm and twelve families have since been evacuated from their homes for safety concerns.

Sinkhole in Ripon - British Geological Survey NERC

Sinkhole in Ripon - British Geological Survey NERC

On Friday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) warned there was the potential for further slippage around the sinkhole and the site remains a risk following their assessment.

Mr Smith met with a number of representatives at Friday's emergency meeting including North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, North Yorkshire Police, the BGS and the borough and county council.

He said: "I urge everyone living in the area close to the sinkhole to be vigilant and to seek advice from emergency services and Harrogate Borough Council as soon as they have any concerns.

"Any residents affected who need my assistance, some who I have met already, should not hesitate to contact me.

"I commend all of the emergency services and local authorities involved for their quick and efficient response to this situation."

Representatives from Yorkshire Water were on the site yesterday evaluations options on how to fix a sewage system which cracked as the hole appeared.

The homes connected to the system were evacuated but Harrogate Borough Council officers are investigating temporary solutions to allow these residents to return to their properties.

However, other families whose homes were worst hit by the sinkhole believe it will be "months rather than weeks" before they are able to return home.