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Collapsed cliff and Dene hole to be fixed with £850,000 from Dartford council

A collapsed chalk cliff is to be secured with about £650,000 of funding from Dartford council.

Earlier this year, the cliff collapsed sending chalk into people’s gardens, car parks and a children’s playground in Eagles Road.

The rubble, about 30 tons of chalk, was removed and the car park in Quay Lane was sealed off as work was undertaken.

Eagles Road, Greenhithe.
Eagles Road, Greenhithe.

A further £200,000 is to be spent after a Dene hole - chalk caves underground - opened up in a garden in Howard Road in November.

At about four metres deep, investigations revealed further problems with the stability of the ground and a large void that stretched out below three houses in the street.

People were evacuated from the houses over fears of further collapses and a consultant was brought in to assess what needed to be done.

A report before Dartford council, which is expected to sign off the cash on Monday, July 28, states: “The significant amount of remedial work needed essentially involves the construction of an underground retaining structure with the estimated 300 cubic metres void infillled with a suitable material that will not cause further issues or subsidence underground and allow the three properties affected to be re-let.”

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