Moor End Lane update: 1 July 2024

Information for residents

Ground collapse at Moorend Houses, Silkstone Common

We understand that the ground collapse near Moorend Houses will be causing concern and disruption for a number of you and we thank you for your patience and understanding during the current situation.

Residents meeting

On 19 June, we met with residents to discuss our work in more detail and to confirm next steps, as follows:

  • In terms of an independent engineer, we have agreed terms of reference with residents. Once residents formally instruct the engineer, they will be able to share our plans to repair the ground collapse with residents.
  • We discussed and agreed that the following surveys will be carried out prior to the start of the works:
    • Pre-condition survey to document the condition of properties before and after the works to provide reassurance and identify any issues. These have been provisionally scheduled for week commencing 1 July.
    • Access road survey to ensure the proposed plant machinery is suitable for the road.
    • Drain survey using radar to map out the location of utilities and drainage pipes.
  • We have agreed with a local landowner to provide car parking facilities as soon as possible and for the duration of the works. This area will also provide storage space for bins to allow easy access to these until the works are complete.
  • We discussed the options we have for monitoring properties to provide reassurance. These are:
    • Small metal studs inserted into the property mortar course and accurate positional data taken. These will be manually re-measured approximately every 2 weeks to check for any movement.
    • Telemetric boxes can be installed onto a property’s wall. These can measure any movement in real time and are linked to a live alert.
  • We have offered the option of moving into temporary accommodation during the works. Once the works begin, there will be additional disruption and restricted access. We will try to keep this to a minimum and will work with residents to reduce inconvenience as much as possible. However, should any resident wish to move out until the works are completed, we can discuss this further and explore the available options.
  • Where gardens have been inaccessible, or have incurred damage as a result of the ground collapse or the works, we will reinstate these to their former condition once the works are completed. If there are maintenance works that could be completed by contractors during the works, we will liaise directly with those residents.
  • Following completion of the works, we will also repair and resurface the access road at the back of the houses.

We plan to meet with our contractor within the next 10 days to finalise dates for works that have not yet been scheduled.

In the meantime, we will continue to speak to residents about their individual circumstances and concerns.

Next update:

We will provide a further update on Friday 5 July.

Contact us

Please contact us if there is anything you wish to discuss. The reference number for this project is P-046483.

Customer Services Team

If you have any questions about our work please call our customer services team on 0345 762 6848 or 01623 637 000 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or email us at

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