Road collapses over Victorian sewer in Brighton

The Argus: The hole in Temple Street The hole in Temple Street

Icy weather has led to a 20ft-deep hole being uncovered under a Brighton street.

It is believed frozen temperatures overnight weakened tarmac over a Victorian sewer or trench on Temple Street causing part of the road to collapse.

The hole was initially reported by worried Sussex Police to Brighton and Hove City Council on Monday night (December 10).

The area, off Western Road, was immediately cordoned off.

Council strategic director Geoff Raw today (December 11) said: “The police reported a hole in Temple Street to the council’s out-of-hours’ team last night at which stage it was quite small but showed there was only a thin layer of tarmac over a void.

“This was made safe and the road closed with traffic control barriers.

“The hole has since been opened up by the council’s road work contractors and is now around 4ft to 6ft wide and between 15 to 20ft deep.

“The council is investigating and has closed off Temple Street from its junction with Western Road northwards for approximately 30m.

“It looks like it is an old trench or sewer below the road, possibly dating back to Victorian times and the likely cause of the sudden collapse is the recent wet weather and severe frost which the city experienced last night.

“We are working to ensure the repair is carried out as soon as possible and we have suspended the one-way restriction in Temple Street to maintain access for residents into Montpelier Place.”

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6:18pm Tue 11 Dec 12

dhamallamafarmer says...

Who knew, fixing the potholes isn't only necessary for a comfortable ride through Brighton's streets, keeping the tarmac intact would identify faults and help prevent such damage and disruption.
Who knew, fixing the potholes isn't only necessary for a comfortable ride through Brighton's streets, keeping the tarmac intact would identify faults and help prevent such damage and disruption. dhamallamafarmer

6:34pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

All the pathetic road repairs will be shown up by cold weather. Lack of repairs and poor quality hashed jobs will be shown up and the pot holes will re-appear.
All the pathetic road repairs will be shown up by cold weather. Lack of repairs and poor quality hashed jobs will be shown up and the pot holes will re-appear. Hoarder12345444

6:49pm Tue 11 Dec 12

sussexram40 says...

I hear the Police are looking into it.
I hear the Police are looking into it. sussexram40

7:04pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Roundbill says...

From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...
From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go... Roundbill

7:58pm Tue 11 Dec 12

qm says...

Roundbill wrote:
From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...
Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...[/p][/quote]Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :)) qm

8:32pm Tue 11 Dec 12

PorkBoat says...

sussexram40 wrote:
I hear the Police are looking into it.
Stop that it's silly.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: I hear the Police are looking into it.[/p][/quote]Stop that it's silly. PorkBoat

8:45pm Tue 11 Dec 12

All 9 of me says...

qm wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...
Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))
believe it or not the end of that shop is finally in sight there is very little stock left in there
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...[/p][/quote]Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))[/p][/quote]believe it or not the end of that shop is finally in sight there is very little stock left in there All 9 of me

9:18pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

All 9 of me wrote:
qm wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...
Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))
believe it or not the end of that shop is finally in sight there is very little stock left in there
How do you know this, we have plenty more in the store!?
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...[/p][/quote]Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))[/p][/quote]believe it or not the end of that shop is finally in sight there is very little stock left in there[/p][/quote]How do you know this, we have plenty more in the store!? Somethingsarejustwrong

10:24pm Tue 11 Dec 12

qm says...

Somethingsarejustwro
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wrote:
All 9 of me wrote:
qm wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...
Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))
believe it or not the end of that shop is finally in sight there is very little stock left in there
How do you know this, we have plenty more in the store!?
Closing 2020 (I had a vision) :D
[quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...[/p][/quote]Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))[/p][/quote]believe it or not the end of that shop is finally in sight there is very little stock left in there[/p][/quote]How do you know this, we have plenty more in the store!?[/p][/quote]Closing 2020 (I had a vision) :D qm

2:49am Wed 12 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

maybe theyve got a couple of of spare lamps they could lend the police,then they can look into it further!!!
maybe theyve got a couple of of spare lamps they could lend the police,then they can look into it further!!! funkyyoyo

8:47am Wed 12 Dec 12

ruberducker says...

men at work sign with a bloke standing there with his hands in his pockets"must be a council employee":)
men at work sign with a bloke standing there with his hands in his pockets"must be a council employee":) ruberducker

10:33am Wed 12 Dec 12

Yogi says...

Cameraman had "tunnel vision"
Cameraman had "tunnel vision" Yogi

5:59pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Dezire says...

qm wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...
Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))
It's closed at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it yesterday- -----the lighting shop with the longest running closing down sale ever has finally closed!!!!
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...[/p][/quote]Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))[/p][/quote]It's closed at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it yesterday- -----the lighting shop with the longest running closing down sale ever has finally closed!!!! Dezire

10:36pm Wed 12 Dec 12

grev02 says...

This is exactly the same hole in Temple street that was dug up and repaired only a couple of years ago. Clearly they didn't do a very good job.
This is exactly the same hole in Temple street that was dug up and repaired only a couple of years ago. Clearly they didn't do a very good job. grev02

12:08pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Lady Smith says...

qm wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...
Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))
Do hurry, as there's only a shopful of stock left...
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: From the picture on the front page of the website, it looks as if that lighting shop is holding a closing-down sale - I'd better rush over there before they go...[/p][/quote]Yes you ought to hurry, its been going on for must be more than 20 years and so closer must be imminent. :))[/p][/quote]Do hurry, as there's only a shopful of stock left... Lady Smith

7:54am Sun 16 Dec 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Perhaps some of the street drinkers that have moved into the ex-lighting shop doorway could be encouraged to look down into the big hole and then who knows....?????
Perhaps some of the street drinkers that have moved into the ex-lighting shop doorway could be encouraged to look down into the big hole and then who knows....????? Somethingsarejustwrong

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