Northfleet tenants to be evacuated after 'dangerous' subsidence

Residents of council flats are to be evacuated following "potentially dangerous" subsidence.

A hole opened up last week in Lawrence Square in Northfleet, Kent, causing the sewer to break and contaminate water supplies.

Gravesham Council has now been advised to move residents from seven homes after an independent survey.

Nearby shops have also closed. Gas supplies have been turned off because of the risk of further damage.

It said all tenants would be rehoused "within days" while the works are carried out.

Gravesham councillor Sue Howes said: "We have made every effort to help residents. We understand that some did not want to move but given the advice of the experts we cannot allow people to remain in homes that are at risk from potential subsidence and that are now without basic services."

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