Mine surprise for St Agnes sports club
St Agnes residents were left shocked as two unmapped mine shafts were uncovered during building works to the town's new sports club changing rooms.
The mine shafts, which are thought to reach down to sea level, were found as builders started to lay foundations at one end of the new changing room building.
Plans to update the changing facilities, which are home to football, rugby, netball, gig and boxing teams, have taken a sports club working party over two years to bring to fruition.
Mandy Kimmins, a member of the sports club working party, said: "We were surprised to find the shafts, as whilst everyone knows St Agnes was extensively mined, all the pre-planning work and searches hadn't shown any sign of them."
The unexpected discovery has caused both financial and time delays to building works.
"The impact on the project is huge. It will cost us an estimated £26,000 to cover the excavation and safe-guarding works.
"We need to raise extra funds, for while there is a contingency built into projects like ours, this has destroyed it. We are looking at ways of saving money during the rest of the work, such as recruiting volunteers," Mrs Kimmins said.
The two shafts have been plugged with concrete and building has now resumed.
Anyone who would like to volunteer time, expertise or donations to the sports club changing room project should call Mandy Kimmins on, 0797 4370 666 or email Neil Cotton at, Neil@chapelporth.com.