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Concern over 'sinking' Swadlincote

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Swadlincote is a town built on coal - at one point 17 pits dominated the landscape.

Memories are still strong of a time when the subsidence here was so severe the town's plight became a national embarrassment.

Schools, libraries and even entire streets were either propped up or knocked down as the town sank at an alarming rate.

But half a century on, some locals still claim mining subsidence is a big problem.

Residents say they want the council to either repair the abandoned George Street house or knock it down
Residents say they want the council to either repair the abandoned George Street house or knock it down

Paul and Eleanor Wain, who live on George Street, are at loggerheads with South Derbyshire District Council which owns the house next door - now propped up and empty.

They say the council has been slow to tackle the issue of this sinking house.

The council says it's commissioned its own specialists to try to solve the mystery and they've also made a claim for compensation.

But so far this has been rejected by the Coal Authority which deals with claims - and can check records dating back to 1872.

So with no recent mining under the house the neighbours are left with a big headache.

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