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Combe Down Stone Mines Land Stabilisation Project




Stabilisation of old mine workings in the UK has become an issue in recent years due to deterioration of old mine workings and the pressure on available land for construction. The Combe Down Stone Mines are a major mining complex which are in need of stabilisation.

The Combe Down Stone Mines Project is a major strategic proposal by the Bath & North East Somerset Council to stabilise abandoned limestone mine workings in Combe Down and preserve the Health & Safety of the area. The aim of the Project is to remove the current threat to life and property of those living, working in and travelling through the Combe Down area.

In doing this, the Project will ensure that the internationally recognised heritage, wildlife and environmental properties of the area are conserved for future generations.

This website provides further information on the Land Stabilisation Programme and an update of the project progress can be found under Progress to Date. If your questions are not answered then you can contact the Project Team by email, telephone or in person at the Information Centre.

We hope that you enjoy using this website and will find the information useful. If however, you have any suggestions on how we could improve our website, please email the Project Team on

Combe Down Stone Mines
Combe Down Stone Mines

 News Update

Timber rowadway in the mines
Timber rowadway in the mines

In November this year some 100 - 200 tonnes of stone fell from the mine roof in the Westerleigh Road area. The collapse did not break the surface, no one was hurt and the area was quickly secured. This section of the mine has now been initially stabilised with timber cogging backfilled with stone for extra support.

As a result of this collapse, the Mine Manager issued an instruction to conduct a new review of the mine to ensure that the most hazardous areas, including the mine roof, are identified and treated as soon as possible.


 Good News

Between now and March 2006, a number of short term actions have been planned to prioritise work on the most unstable areas of the mine. This is good news as it is an opportunity to bring forward stabilisation works in those areas where the reassessment identifies that high priority emergency works are required.

By exploring more of the mine sooner and commencing works on the priority areas found, the risk presented by the Combe Down stone mines will get considerably less in a shorter space of time with the possibility of finishing the project sooner.

Reassessment of the mine requires ongoing investigation and surveying by the technical staff to amend, where required, the safety classification of areas of the mine.

The increase of stabilisation works will effectively require more underground roadways to be driven and more concrete to be poured within the key areas.


Dvd's for sale

During the underground visits earlier this year, a dvd was shown giving a background to the Land Stabilisation Project and the mines at Combe Down. Images are shown of miners working underground and information is given on the various methods of stabilisation. The dvd lasts around 10 minutes and was commissioned by national regeneration agency, English Partnerships. Should you wish to purchase a copy, please send a cheque for £5 made payable to Bath & North East Somerset Council to 10 Palace Yard Mews, Bath, BA1 2NH


 Seasons Greetings

The Combe Down Stone Mines Project Team would like to wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Over the Christmas period the offices will be closed on 26th & 27th December and also on 2nd January.  All other times the offices will be open as normal. Please see contact details for further information and opening times.

The Information Centre in Combe Down will be closed from 22nd December until 4th January. If you have any queries, please contact the Project Team on 01225 477200. 


Contact Details

Name or Team Name:- Combe Down Stone Mines Project Team

Bath & North East Somerset Council, 10 Palace Yard Mews, Bath, BA1 2NH

Telephone:- 01225 477200
Fax:- 01225 425249
Published Date:- 13/05/2004 12:32:28
Author:- Maxine Cherrett

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