Investigations continue into cause of strange bubbling sinkhole

Cornwall Council is investigating the cause of a sinkhole which has appeared on a beach in west Cornwall.

The council has fenced off the area around the bubbling sinkhole, which has been likened to a natural jacuzzi, and people are advised to keep away as it could be dangerous.

The sinkhole on Porthminster beach in St Ives has become a talking point since resident Deanne Pridejones posted images and video of the strange occurrence on social media at the weekend.

However, the council says it has had fencing around the area for weeks.

The recurring problem is thought to be caused by either an underground stream or a drainage pipe.

The council also had to fence off the area in January 2020 and again in November.

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A spokesperson for the council said: “The sinkhole has been ongoing for a while now and we currently have safety fencing around the sinkhole, with signage, which we are checking on a weekly basis. As the sands shift we move the fencing as necessary to keep the sinkhole fenced off. This hasn’t just happened, we’ve had fencing up for weeks.

“Cornwall Council are working with other colleagues in Cormac on finding the cause of the problem with the aim of resolving it. Until such a time as that has happened the safety fencing will remain in situ and will continue to be monitored on a regular basis.”

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