Pinner Wood School

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Pinner Wooden Faculty may by no means reopen, the council has warned

A junior faculty is dealing with an unsure future after a chalk mine was found beneath it.

Geological surveys have discovered an “unacceptable danger” that the bottom under the Pinner Wooden Faculty, in Pinner, north-west London, might turn into unstable, Harrow Council stated.

Pupils of the first faculty have been advised they won’t be able to return to the location till additional discover.

However it is usually potential they’ll by no means be capable of return to their faculty.

Harrow Council stated lessons would relocate to different instructional settings for the summer time time period whereas extra exams have been carried out to evaluate the location’s situation and security.

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The not too long ago found chalk mines are prone to date from about 1800

Laser imaging of the beforehand uncharted and unknown tunnels reveal they stretch beneath the college buildings and that mine roofs have collapsed in sure locations.

However the surveys might take months and it’s potential the bottom beneath the college shall be deemed so unsafe that the college can by no means reopen in its present location.

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Geological surveys have proven the bottom beneath the first faculty to be unstable

The chief of Harrow Council, Sachin Shah, stated: “With the proof now we have found previously few days, we’re sure that that is the best choice.

“We want to stress that the approaching danger to the college buildings is believed to be small.”

Dr Clive Edmonds, associate at Peter Brett Associates, which carried out the geotechnical surveys, stated it was seemingly that the mines dated from the early 1800s.

“As is frequent for chalk mines of this age there aren’t any mine abandonment plans and the mine workings are in a state of breakdown, as confirmed by the laser survey, posing a hazard to floor stability.”