A hole lot of storage space?

A composite photograph of subsidence at Westfield Farm, Acre Lane, Preesall, published in The Gazette and Herald during October 1923, with (below) a lower view of the crater
A composite photograph of subsidence at Westfield Farm, Acre Lane, Preesall, published in The Gazette and Herald during October 1923, with (below) a lower view of the crater
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LOOK straight into this hole in the ground.

For a sense of scale, make a note of the size of the trees along the top and then move your eyes down the photograph.

A composite photograph of subsidence at Westfield Farm, Acre Lane, Preesall, published in The Gazette and Herald during October 1923

A composite photograph of subsidence at Westfield Farm, Acre Lane, Preesall, published in The Gazette and Herald during October 1923

The picture is actually a composite of two images published in The Gazette and Herald 90 years ago which have been submitted by local historian Ted Lightbown.

He says: “I came across two photographs of subsidence at Westfield Farm, Acre Lane, Preesall, in October 1923 and stitched them together to give a good impression of its scale and depth.”

The image is interesting in itself, but takes on particular poignancy as the waiting game continues for a controversial proposal to store 900 million cubic metres of gas under the Over Wyre countryside.

Halite Energry has just been given the green light to start buying up land relating to the project.

It has received the necessary certificate from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for compulsory acquisition of land for, among other things, an observation platform and a brine outfall pipeline running from Preesall to Rossall.

But the cavern storage plan itself, which would see 900 million cubic metres of gas stored in 19 purpose-built underground caverns, has not yet been given the go-ahead or otherwise by the Planning Inspectorate.

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