Thornwood Avenue update: May 2023
Information for residents
Ground collapse – Thornwood Avenue, Ayr
This fact sheet provides information about the recent ground collapse on Thornwood Avenue and the work that the Coal Authority will be required to carry out.
We understand that the ground collapse on Thornwood Avenue will be causing concern and disruption for a number of you and we thank you for your patience and understanding during the current situation. The Coal Authority were called on to site on Sunday 26th March due to a collapse within the road and grass area on Thornwood Avenue. The site has been secured to create an exclusion zone.
We have a number of processes in place to ensure public safety, these include:
- Ground monitoring surrounding the collapse area with weekly visits to continue monitoring.
- Ongoing in-person visual monitoring on a daily basis.
- Weekly groundwater monitoring.
- Remote visual monitoring.
- Stone filling for on-going movement of the collapse.
It is important that we understand what has caused the collapse. The Coal Authority are aware of a recorded mine shaft in this area and the possibility of shallow coal mine seams. We have now completed Phase 1 ground investigations and are compiling the information from this investigation to work towards the next steps and final treatment design.
How will the works affect me?
We thank you for your patience and understanding while the drilling works were carried out and your ongoing support while we work towards a solution to this complex incident. We will inform all residents with future key dates of our work as the project moves forward.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are grateful for your support and patience.
Please contact us if there is anything you wish to discuss. The reference number for this project is P-045290.
Customer Services Team
To report an emergency, please contact: 0800 288 4242 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) You can find wider information about our work at www.gov.uk/coalauthority, or see more about our priorities in our 3 year business plan and 10 year vision.