UPDATED: Massive crater that could fit a giraffe opens up in Bexleyheath road

News Shopper: A Belvedere Road resident told News Shopper she was walking back from the shops when she noticed the ten-feet deep chasm in the road. A Belvedere Road resident told News Shopper she was walking back from the shops when she noticed the ten-feet deep chasm in the road.

A MASSIVE crater the size of a baby giraffe in a Bexleyheath road has revealed only an inch or so of tarmac is supporting the street to the horror of residents.

A Belvedere Road resident told News Shopper she was walking back from the shops when she noticed the ten-feet deep chasm in the road - and watched a driver almost go over it.

She said: "What's really worrying is that it seems like there's about an inch and a half of tarmac supporting the whole road - it doesn't seem very strong.

"We've had these issues for about two years now with drainage works going on.

"It's just not safe - I certainly won't be going back out there again."

Paul Davis, who lives on Belvedere Road virtually opposite the crater, said that a drain control man was driving along the road and saw the hole.

He stopped and went back to check what was going on, he and a passer by then put some cones out and directed traffic round the hole.

The father-of-three added: "The hole is right in front of my old house. 

"Workmen started looking into how to fix it right away.

"The size of the cavern underneath the road is just unbelieveable."

"If the drain controlman he hadn't taken the action he did, one wonders what catastrophe might have happened."

 

 

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5:01pm Tue 28 Jan 14

danielbelvedere says...

well lets hope the hundreds of baby giraffe's that live in the area dont fall down it then!
well lets hope the hundreds of baby giraffe's that live in the area dont fall down it then! danielbelvedere

6:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

danielbelvedere wrote:
well lets hope the hundreds of baby giraffe's that live in the area dont fall down it then!
I wouldn't worry too much, the one in the picture looks quite happy.
[quote][p][bold]danielbelvedere[/bold] wrote: well lets hope the hundreds of baby giraffe's that live in the area dont fall down it then![/p][/quote]I wouldn't worry too much, the one in the picture looks quite happy. oBLiVioN 70

6:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

danielbelvedere says...

That's true! It has also filled that hole quite nicely as well.
That's true! It has also filled that hole quite nicely as well. danielbelvedere

10:36pm Tue 28 Jan 14

reasonable75 says...

"It's just not safe - I certainly won't be going back out there again."

What, in case you're eaten by a giraffe?
"It's just not safe - I certainly won't be going back out there again." What, in case you're eaten by a giraffe? reasonable75

10:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

flea_in_ear says...

The hole must be much bigger. The giratfe shown pictured in the hole is NOT a baby.
The hole must be much bigger. The giratfe shown pictured in the hole is NOT a baby. flea_in_ear

10:52pm Tue 28 Jan 14

clairel069 says...

The thickness of Tarmac, or lack of, is not a surprise to be honest. If the councils stopped scrimping money to line their own pockets and actually paid out for DECENT resurfacing then we wouldn't have half the problems we have with pot holes. Although, in this case, I'd say a water main or sewer pipe has burst and washed away the earth underneath... hence the hole.
Don't think the residents are in any immediate danger though, unless they happen to look like giraffes...
The thickness of Tarmac, or lack of, is not a surprise to be honest. If the councils stopped scrimping money to line their own pockets and actually paid out for DECENT resurfacing then we wouldn't have half the problems we have with pot holes. Although, in this case, I'd say a water main or sewer pipe has burst and washed away the earth underneath... hence the hole. Don't think the residents are in any immediate danger though, unless they happen to look like giraffes... clairel069

10:03am Wed 29 Jan 14

Station Grey says...

This hole does indeed look worryingly big, but I'm having a little trouble in accurately ascertaining an appropriate sense of scale.

The only occasion that I've been lucky enough to see a giraffe in the flesh was at Marwell Zoo in 1976, and the gangly fellow in question was busy eating from a tall tree at the time and so his head was at some distance from me on the ground. I'm afraid that time, distance and leaves have all conspired to cloud my mental image of the fellow's head, and with it my sense of scale.

I have to confess that my knowledge of even-toed ungulates in general is actually embarrassingly thin, so I wonder if somebody could give me an idea of the hole diameter with respect to freshwater trout. Would it perhaps fit an adult Brown trout (lengthways), or perhaps even a Rainbow trout?

If the editors would be so kind as to mock up a montage against such a fish it would help me immensely in gauging the size of this hole more accurately. If a good photo of a trout is hard to find then I'd be happy to consider bream as a backup.
This hole does indeed look worryingly big, but I'm having a little trouble in accurately ascertaining an appropriate sense of scale. The only occasion that I've been lucky enough to see a giraffe in the flesh was at Marwell Zoo in 1976, and the gangly fellow in question was busy eating from a tall tree at the time and so his head was at some distance from me on the ground. I'm afraid that time, distance and leaves have all conspired to cloud my mental image of the fellow's head, and with it my sense of scale. I have to confess that my knowledge of even-toed ungulates in general is actually embarrassingly thin, so I wonder if somebody could give me an idea of the hole diameter with respect to freshwater trout. Would it perhaps fit an adult Brown trout (lengthways), or perhaps even a Rainbow trout? If the editors would be so kind as to mock up a montage against such a fish it would help me immensely in gauging the size of this hole more accurately. If a good photo of a trout is hard to find then I'd be happy to consider bream as a backup. Station Grey

11:21am Wed 29 Jan 14

highway warrior says...

It's several metres deep (3-6m) and when squared off properly probably a couple of metres wide (3x3m) approx.

In terms of brown trout (wiki says average of 40-80cm so call it 60)
placed end to end it would be approx

5 to 10 brown trout deep
5 brown trout wide by 5 brown trout long

however i don't have an average cubic measurement for brown trout so assuming they are flat it would accomodate 125 Brown Trout at it shallowest point (so rough estimate maybe 100 if you packed them in like sardines......)
It's several metres deep (3-6m) and when squared off properly probably a couple of metres wide (3x3m) approx. In terms of brown trout (wiki says average of 40-80cm so call it 60) placed end to end it would be approx 5 to 10 brown trout deep 5 brown trout wide by 5 brown trout long however i don't have an average cubic measurement for brown trout so assuming they are flat it would accomodate 125 Brown Trout at it shallowest point (so rough estimate maybe 100 if you packed them in like sardines......) highway warrior

12:08pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Station Grey says...

Very kind of you. As much as 5 brown trout you say? Goodness, that is a big hole! I can picture it perfectly now, thanks.

I would however take issue with the concept of packing trout 'like sardines'. Presumably in such a case they'd simply be packed 'like trout'. But sans oil of course.
Very kind of you. As much as 5 brown trout you say? Goodness, that is a big hole! I can picture it perfectly now, thanks. I would however take issue with the concept of packing trout 'like sardines'. Presumably in such a case they'd simply be packed 'like trout'. But sans oil of course. Station Grey

3:17pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Talk about drama queens ! Its not a proper bona fide pot hole until you can fit at least one pachyderm in.
FFS get real and get a life will ya.

THAnk YOu
Talk about drama queens ! Its not a proper bona fide pot hole until you can fit at least one pachyderm in. FFS get real and get a life will ya. THAnk YOu Gypo.Joe

9:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

chunkybuster says...

I don't if you remember the hole that appeared years ago on Blackheath Hill. That was measured as 4 hippos,1 Indian elephant and 6 zebras wide and 1 Sperm Whale deep ! apparently!
I don't if you remember the hole that appeared years ago on Blackheath Hill. That was measured as 4 hippos,1 Indian elephant and 6 zebras wide and 1 Sperm Whale deep ! apparently! chunkybuster

11:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

ISaidThis says...

A hole has opened up in a Bexleyheath road, council workers are looking into it.

In other news, the baby giraffe is now the new international unit of measurement.
A hole has opened up in a Bexleyheath road, council workers are looking into it. In other news, the baby giraffe is now the new international unit of measurement. ISaidThis

9:26am Thu 30 Jan 14

Lillabel says...

This is round the corner from me and where the 'workman' was photographed sleeping in the cab of the lorry not so long ago??' Figures......
This is round the corner from me and where the 'workman' was photographed sleeping in the cab of the lorry not so long ago??' Figures...... Lillabel

4:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mr Mills says...

Oh no! You've found my secret lair. Please don't take my giraffe.
Oh no! You've found my secret lair. Please don't take my giraffe. Mr Mills

5:42pm Thu 30 Jan 14

reasonable75 says...

Has someone called the RSPCA to let them know a giraffe is trapped in a hole in the road - it might starve
Has someone called the RSPCA to let them know a giraffe is trapped in a hole in the road - it might starve reasonable75

8:51am Tue 4 Feb 14

reptiles says...

well at least i now know why the road is closed. I must confess i have noticed more and more pot holes in the roads since the rains started - most roads in the area are awful to drive down. its about time they were all repaired with more than an inch or so of tarmac!!
well at least i now know why the road is closed. I must confess i have noticed more and more pot holes in the roads since the rains started - most roads in the area are awful to drive down. its about time they were all repaired with more than an inch or so of tarmac!! reptiles

10:34am Tue 4 Feb 14

highway warrior says...

lol noticed more and more potholes since the rain started - hmmm anyone would think that the two things are related, unprecedented amounts of rain and underfunding of infrastructure = potholes
More than an inch of tarmac lol most roads are 25-30mm of surface course, even less if it's concrete underneath.
lol noticed more and more potholes since the rain started - hmmm anyone would think that the two things are related, unprecedented amounts of rain and underfunding of infrastructure = potholes More than an inch of tarmac lol most roads are 25-30mm of surface course, even less if it's concrete underneath. highway warrior

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