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"More can be done" to hurry up Troon mine repairs

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

Beacon butcher David Moyle (left) and Chip shop owner Deborah Bennetts who are not happy with the road closure at nearby Troon.

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UPSET neighbours believe more can be done to fix the village’s main road after it fell away when a mine shaft collapsed.

Peter Crane, from Troon, said it has been almost two weeks since a shaft collapsed on Newton Road in Troon causing widespread disruption for residents and businesses.

He said more should be done to speed up the repairs and feared an argument over who funds the work was causing delays.

Meanwhile, Deborah Bennetts who runs Beacon Fish and Chips near Troon, said her business has suffered a 25 per cent slump since the road has been closed.

Beacon butcher David Moyle has also reported a drop in trade.

South West Water has said it was working to resolve the issue and expected some repairs on Friday

Mr Crane said: “On Friday, January 18, in the late afternoon, the ground fell away and ‘the hole’ appeared.

“The road was immediately closed by [Cornwall Council highways contractor] Cormac and fenced off leaving only walking room around the obstruction.

“The disruption to our village has been vast with most locals using the very narrow and twisting road via Treslothan to leave and re-enter the village while HGVs requiring the village have had to enter and exit via Nine Maidens and Four Lanes.

“The First bus service 47 from Camborne, which is very important to the residents of Troon, has been forced to terminate at the old Grenville garage, dropping and picking up passengers approximately half a mile from the main stop at the village square which most people use.

“Well there you go – it’s only the village of Troon that is severely inconvenienced, so let’s keep them suffering a bit longer while we argue over who is to pay for it.”

Ms Bennetts said: “It’s really affecting the business.

“We’re losing the passing trade that we usually get.

“I have to thank our loyal customers though who are coming from Troon, taking the long way around and keeping us going.”

A spokesman from South West Water confirmed works have been ongoing to secure the mine shaft, adding: “We are responsible for repairing two sewers running through the void which collapsed on Thursday, January 23.

“We immediately ordered replacement pipes, which arrived on site on January 30. Repairs, including backfilling and reinstatement, are likely to take until the end of the week.

“This is a complex repair but we are working as fast as we can and will continue to liaise with Cornwall Council during this time.”

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