All holed up! Stones poured into Kirkcaldy sink hole

Contractors carry out drilling at the site of the hole. Pic: FPA
Contractors carry out drilling at the site of the hole. Pic: FPA

A large hole which appeared suddenly in front of a Scout hall in Kirkcaldy has been filled in with stones.

The hole, which was originally suggested may have been caused by the collapse of the ground into an ancient shallow coal seam, appeared suddenly on a grassy area just off Quarry Brae next to the 35th Fife (Dysart) Scout hall and Dysart cemetery almost two weeks ago.

The Coal Authority acted quickly to have the area sealed off by metal fencing to keep anyone from falling into the hole, which measured around 1.2 metres wide by 2 metres deep, while it carried out investigations to see whether mine workings were the cause.

Another suggestion was that it could be due to quarrying which took place on the land during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Last Friday contractors dug out the hole, which was narrower at the top, and filled it up with loose stones.

And yesterday (Wednesday) specialist engineers from Newcastle carried out drilling around the area to see if any further action was required.

Tom Currie, Scottish project manager with the Coal Authority, explained: “The stones were packed into the hole to stabilise the collapse on Friday.

“The drilling team has carried out investigations on the land immediately next to the collapse, and this should be able to confirm whether or not mining was the cause.

‘‘Sometimes this is not immediately obvious and we may need to look further into it.

“We will discuss the outcome with the landowner and in this case we will probably just leave the stone in place as it is serving a purpose.

“We would then advise them if they need to erect more fencing if there is any further danger of more collapse.”