FAQs

Where can I get a copy of my Completion Statement?

At the end of the project properties that were affected by the stabilisation works were issued with a Statement of Completion. A copy can be obtained from B&NES Land Charges, Bath, land_charges@bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 477092. There is a standard charge for theses copies. Copies are available as reference only from Bath Records Office, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Where can I get a copy of the documents referenced in my Completion Statement?

Copies can be obtained from B&NES Land Charges, Bath, land_charges@bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 477092. There is a standard charge for theses copies. Copies are available as reference only from Bath Records Office, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Where can I get the Health & Safety files from?

Bath record office, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Please ask for H&S files relating to the Combe Down Stone Mines Project

What should I do with my Completion Statement?

Keep the Completion Pack with your Property Deeds and keep in a safe place. It will be needed if you wish to sell your home in the future.

This pack states that the project's consulting engineers consider that the works to the mined voids identified beneath your property are now complete.

Or

That the project's consulting engineers have confirmed that during their investigations they have not identified any mined voids beneath your property and therefore no infilling of mined voids has been carried out beneath your property

Will there be issues with my home insurance?

ABI has been represented on the stabilisation scheme since 1999 and has been given opportunity by B&NES to contribute to the development of the scheme and the final implementation of the works, including requirements in the completion pack. This has allowed members interests to be represented and taken into consideration during the scheme.

ABI Property Committee recommends that members now apply normal underwriting criteria to Combe Down. This includes normal subsidence cover and application of normal policy excess. This recommendation applies to both new customers, and to existing customers who have, to date, been subject to higher premiums and/or a higher excess against the peril of subsidence than for comparable properties in the Bath area.

The mines at Combe Down have been infilled and whilst future proposal forms from potential customers in Combe Down may reflect the historic existence of mine voids, members should not see this as an underwriting risk.

How do I find out whether my property has been affected by the CDSM project works?

B&NES Land Charges, Bath, land_charges@bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 477092

Who do I contact for a mine search?

B&NES Land Charges, Bath, land_charges@bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 477092

I have a problem, which I think is mine related, who should I contact?

The affected owner should seek advice from their home insurers, if insured, and should ensure any claim is pursued promptly. Any owner who is not insured should promptly seek independent professional advice of a surveyor or structural engineer as to the cause in order to establish whether any breach of duty "in tort" exists, if damages are to be obtained.

Does the Council own the mine?

UNDER PRIVATE PROPERTY

Each property needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis but where there is no documentary or statutory evidence of separate ownership of mines and minerals, an owner of a property in Combe Down owns, as a general presumption of law, all soil, airspace etc below the surface boundaries of their property. Individual title deeds will need to be checked for absolute certainty but, if this principle of ownership applies, those parts of the mines immediately below the surface are within the property owned by the surface owner.

UNDER A HIGHWAY

The top layers of an adopted highway (including the services within it) are vested in the Council as highways authority for highways purposes. Where a property abuts a highway and there is no evidence to the contrary, there is a general presumption of law that the land under the top layers of highway it abuts belongs to the owner of the abutting property.

Where can I find out information about the project?

Bath record office, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW