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Mine shaft discovered in Newquay town centre

Mine shaft discovered in Newquay town centre

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:59pm 20th August 2019. (Updated at 5:58pm 20th August 2019)

Part of Newquay town centre has been closed off after a mine shaft was discovered.

The discovery was made in the Killacourt area after a cliff stability and mining survey was carried out.

Newquay Town Council did it as part of an insurance requirement, since the land was recently devolved from Cornwall Council.

The surveys revealed the possible existence of a mine shaft, potentially only capped off by a wooden board, which there were no previous record of.

The area immediately required exclusion from the public for health and safety reasons and was closed off.

Various testing, surveys and inspections have been carried out, however further works are planned to ensure the area is made safe. 

But organisers of Cornwall Pride are reassuring the public that it won't affect the event at all.

"The fencing on the Killacourt is there for a reason, namely the safety of the general public. 

"Recent survey work has revealed some old mine workings under the flower beds. 

"These will be addressed when the site is developed over the winter months and they will be recapped. Of course, no members of the Town Council Environment Team have been permitted into the flower beds to weed for safety reasons. 

"Aside from this, under the new ownership, the grass is being cut more regularly and the site is now maintained more often than it was under Cornwall Council ownership."

Deputy Mayor, Louis Gardner

Newquay Town Council is now working with specialist contractors to decide what remedial work is required to cap the shaft and what the Town Council’s requirements are in terms of managing the cliffs under its ownership.

Bosses have apologised for the length of time it has taken to address the issue.

But it says this is a 'complex matter' and the Town Council must consider public safety first and foremost.

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