‘Sinkhole’ appears on Eastbourne town centre road

According to a resident the 'sinkhole' was first seen on Seaside Road by the Royal Hippodrome Theatre over the weekend (July 23-24). The road is partially blocked due to the hole, the resident said.

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The hole has been cordoned off.

The 'sinkhole' in Seaside Road, EastbourneThe 'sinkhole' in Seaside Road, EastbourneThe 'sinkhole' in Seaside Road, Eastbourne

Patrick Owens, who owns ATB Removals and Furniture Sales in Seaside Road, said: "It was repaired about four weeks ago. All they did was level some tarmac over it and drove off.

"You have got buses and all kinds of vehicles going along this way. It's a busy street. It's lucky no one has had an accident.

"There are coaches coming to the theatre, there are taxis and delivery trucks. It was a botched repair. "Now it is going to affect business."

The 'sinkhole' in Seaside Road, EastbourneThe 'sinkhole' in Seaside Road, EastbourneThe 'sinkhole' in Seaside Road, Eastbourne

Mr Owens also said it was fortunate that there have been no injuries because of the hole.

He added: "Luckily there have been no casualties or fatalities as a result of this." An East Sussex Highways spokesperson said: "Our teams carried out repair work in the area last month. The road structure was checked at the time and found to be intact.

"Following the discovery of a hole on Sunday, the area was made safe and East Sussex Highways and Southern Water are carrying out investigations to identify the cause of the damage and make arrangements for necessary repairs."

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