Where did THAT come from? Investigation is underway after giant sinkhole 30ft wide and 20ft deep opens up on farmland above a coal mine that was abandoned 50 years ago
- Experts have been called in to investigate the massive 30-ft wide and 20ft deep hole in a Scotland field
- The hole could be related to ‘historical mine workings’ under the ground according to the Coal Authority
- In May 2016 cows were rescued from a 45ft (15m) deep sinkhole in Midlothian after a mineshaft collapsed
A huge 30ft-wide and 19ft (6metre) deep sinkhole has opened up in a field, starting a hurried investigation by the Coal Authority.
The public safety and subsidence team at the Coal Authority were alerted to the massive hole, in a field in Midlothian, Scotland, after the landowner spotted it on Friday.
Coal Authority bosses have already sealed the area off and will visit the site in the coming weeks to inspect the hole.
It is believed the sinkhole is related to an abandoned mine known as the Roslin Colliery.
James Hammond, regional project manager for the public safety and subsidence team at the Coal Authority, said: ‘In December 2018, we received a report of a hole in a field in North Midlothian.
‘Our regional team responded quickly to erect fencing to secure the area.
‘We will be undertaking thorough investigations to determine the cause of this incident.
‘If these investigations conclude that it is a result of historical coal mine workings, we will undertake ground remediation work to make the area safe.’
A sinkhole opened up in the field in Midlothian, Scotland. The area has had problems with the holes before
Roslin Colliery produced coal for more than 65 years before being abandoned in 1969.
The mine had two shafts, one which was 282 metres deep and another which was 294. The output of coal was 194,250 tonnes per year.
An associated brickworks which was opened in 1937 stayed open until the Seventies.
The mine opened by the Shotts Iron Company employed around 750 men at its peak but has since been landscaped.
In May 2016 several cows were rescued from a 45ft (15m) deep sinkhole in Midlothian.
It is thought a mineshaft collapsed at a farm off Greenhall Road in Gorebridge, taking the animals down with it.