Collapse of Victorian water pipe likely cause of sinkhole

The sink hole, pictured by reader @GrundyOxford

The sink hole, pictured by reader @GrundyOxford

First published in News
Last updated

A SINKHOLE in a road next to the Kassam Stadium was most likely caused by a Victorian ceramic water pipe collapsing, an Oxfordshire geologist has said.

The hole, approximately 8ft by 4ft, formed on Saturday outside the Ozone Leisure Park next to Oxford United’s stadium.

Mark Barron, of the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Wallingford, said it was probably caused by heavy rain from Saturday’s storm.

He said: “This geology is Beckley Sand, which is relatively loose.

“There used to be a farm in that area called Minchery Farm and our guess was that there must have been old clay or pottery pipes connected with the farm.

“If a historic water pipe or even a more recent one was damaged then a leakage could cause the sand to start to mobilise.

“With a lot of rain falling in a short period of time that is a classic scenario for a hole to open.

“There might be joints between them that start to leak, but they can also be moved around by surface activity.

“The interesting thing is that this hole is quite elongated, one wonders whether that is parallel to the pipe.”

On Monday, Oxfordshire County Council said the hole was on private land and the estate department at Ozone-owner Firoka, Firoz Kassam’s business, said it had not been made aware of the sinkhole.

Neither Firoka, the county council or Thames Water responded to our queries.

Our top stories:

Tributes paid to man found stabbed to death on Abingdon riverbank

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN was last night being held in custody on suspicion of murder after a man was found fatally stabbed in Abingdon.

UPDATE: Woman, 40, appears in court charged with murder after a man was stabbed in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

10:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with murder after a man was stabbed in Abingdon on Sunday night.

Pensioner dies in hospital after motorbike crash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:39pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A 74-year-old  man who was injured when his motorcycle collided with a car last month has died in hospital.

Robber sent to prison for part in £11,000 Park End Street attack

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A ROBBER who beat a man up as a distraction while his accomplice stole £11,000 from his victim’s wife has been jailed.

Let Oxford expand beyond its boundaries says housing crisis report

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

7:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

OXFORD is an example of a city which should be allowed to grow beyond its boundaries, according to a national report.

Drop former English Defence League leader as speaker, Oxford Union urged

Oxford Mail: The Oxford Union

6:40am Tuesday 21st October 2014

NEARLY 200 Oxford academics, students, councillors and trade union leaders have signed an open letter calling for the Oxford Union to cancel an invitation to the former leader of the English Defence League to speak.

Comments (0)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree