Typically, I got to Crooms Hill about 20 minutes too late to peer down the hole that opened up this morning, and I arrived just in time to see workmen finish the job of filling it in. By the time you read this, it’s likely to have had a fresh layer of tarmac applied to it.
The hole’s just where the conduit from Greenwich Park to Hyde Vale runs (The Greenwich Phantom has a map). With the speed at which it is being filled in, it’s clear that this isn’t being seen as a big worry – unlike the collapse at Blackheath Hill just over nine years ago, which resulted in the demolition of part of a housing estate.
It’s pretty well-known that Greenwich is riddled with underground tunnels and other subterranean oddities – and one of the complaints of the anti-Olympics lobby has been that gaps could open up in Greenwich Park during the equestrian events next summer. Whether this hole in the hill proves anything, though, is another question.