‘Thorough investigations’ after ground collapse in Chesterfield

Suspected Mineshaft Collapse
Suspected Mineshaft Collapse

Another Mineshaft collapsed this month in Chesterfield, highlighting the dangers of historic coal mining activity. The hole appears to be a former mine shaft which collapsed in undergrowth to the left of the second hole at Chesterfield Golf Club.



“The hole measures around 3m at the surface and its depth extends beyond sight even with the use of a torch.”

Each year an average of 15 mine shafts collapse in the UK, roads have been damaged, causing disruption, and buildings destroyed. Luckily the Chesterfield Golf Club collapse was in an area where golfers would not be playing.

This collapse once again highlights historic coal mining activity can be a real risk to developments, and having a clear understanding of the ground conditions of your development is essential.

A Coal Mining Risk Assessment’s aim is to identify site specific coal mining risks. Earth Environmental & Geotechnical assist developers at any stage of a project, from coal mining risk assessments and site investigations through to remediation works (e.g. drill and grouting).

At Earth Environmental & Geotechnical we have a Mineshaft and Sinkhole Helpline.

If you’re buying a property or land for development, particularly for a proposed planning application, you need to know whether it’s affected by coal mining activity, Earth Environmental & Geotechnical has completed many Coal Mining Risk Reports for residential, commercial and industrial properties, and has extensive experience in relating these risk assessments to planning applications.

Surface physical evidence of where coal mines exist is rare. Without a Coal Mining Risk Assessment, there is often no way of knowing whether your site is affected by coal mining.

So call our Mineshaft and Sinkhole Helpline now

Tel: 0161 975 6088 or email minesubsidence@earthenvironmental.co.uk