MORE WORRIES FOR MAGHERACLOONE RESIDENTS AS… NEW CROWN HOLE DISCOVERED ON GYPROC LAND

17 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Residents in Magheracloone say the discovery of a new crown hole on land owned by Gyproc has increased their anxiety about the safety of the surrounding land. The mining company announced on Monday that the crown hole was discovered on Friday and was confirmed after further study of aerial pictures. It says this crown hole, the third separate hole on lands in the area, is not close to any homes, public infrastructure or roads. However Geraldine Ward, Vice Chair of the Drumgossatt and Knocknacran Residents’ Association, said the latest development had added to the devaluation of more homes.

She said it was lucky that the hole was on Gyproc’s property and that noone had been hurt. The latest subsidence was on land apparently attached to an old mining network and is three fields away from where a sinkhole appeared at Magheracloone Mitchells GAA club in September last year, causing the closure of the facility including the Community Centre. Gyproc described the latest subsidence as a crown hole rather than a sinkhole. Sinkholes occur naturally in limestone areas while crown holes, which look the same, are the result of subterranean human activity, including mining. In a statement, the company said it was….

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