An MSP for Ayr said she has been assured by the Coal Authority that issues surrounding an area of 'collapsed ground' in the town will be sorted soon.

We reported how a section of road outside of homes in Thornwood Avenue, Dalmilling caved in on March 25 last year, and had to be fenced off for safety reasons.

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Following the incident, the Coal Authority said they were investigating whether the collapse was caused by historical mining.

It is believed that the incident was caused by a collapsed mineshaft.

The Coal Authority sent a fact sheet soon after their investigation began, but residents said they had heard little from them since.

Ayr Advertiser: A section of the road collapsed.A section of the road collapsed. (Image: NQ Archive)

Back in June, a Coal Authority spokesperson said: “We have now completed the first phase of our ground investigations and we’re using the information from this to help design a permanent safety solution for this complex incident.

“We understand that the ground collapse on Thornwood Avenue will be causing concern and disruption for a number of residents and we thank them for their patience and understanding during the works."

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Now, MSP Sharon Dowey has shone some more light on the situation, by saying that the work on the site should be completed soon.

Ayr Advertiser: MSP Sharon Dowey met with members of the Coal Authority.MSP Sharon Dowey met with members of the Coal Authority. (Image: MSP Sharon Dowey.)

Ms Dowey recently visited the site, where she met with members of the Coal Authority.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for South Scotland said: "I recently caught up with Mick and Megan from The Coal Authority UK on site at Ayr's Thornwood Avenue where a mineshaft collapsed.

"They assured me that all the works will be complete early this year."