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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Praise for council’s response

SIR – Being one of the households evacuated due to the old iron ore mine shaft collapse in Egremont on November 14, 2012, I would like to say how good it was for my wife and I to spend Christmas back in our home.

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flashback: The night the old mineshaft collapse at Howbank Road back in November. The contractors’ machine fell into the hole as they were capping the original shaft

The initial feeling of dread over what could possibly be the outcome of this unusual happening was soon alleviated by the positive attitude of Copeland Borough Council, which was that it was their problem and they would fix it.

When the plans were announced, to the residents involved, on the procedure to cap the shaft, it was obvious that the council and the engineering firms involved in the process had more than sufficient knowledge, experience and equipment to fix the problem.

The initial impact of the collapse looked a lot worse than it was and it was in fact top soil that had fallen into the mine shaft which measured just two by three metres.

As reported in a certain local newspaper, acres of gardens did not disappear into the shaft; an acre is quite a big area – just over 4,000 square metres.

Copeland Borough Council, in my wife’s and my view, could not have behaved any better towards us and I would like to thank them for their help during this worrying time.

My next door neighbour (Wilfred Ellison) would also like to add his thanks, especially in the prompt way they organised the removal of his prize canaries from a hut in his garden to a safe place.

We are back in our home and work is progressing to finish capping the shaft and along with the assurances of the relevant authorities.

We personally feel that our property is now very safe and under no further threat of any damage.

Ray and Judith SMITH

Howbank Road, Egremont

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