A café owner next to a sinkhole in Buckinghamshire has criticised the HS2 for ‘lack of care.’

Sanela Bejdic Hajdarevic from Amersham has had a strange week since the giant sinkhole opened above the HS2 tunnelling on Saturday May 13.

The safety barrier around the 6m (20ft) hole is visible from her outdoor café Koko’s located at the back of her garden.

Despite being one of the nearest residents to the site, she hasn't heard from the HS2 to put her mind at ease, she claimed.

Bucks Free Press: The plastic sheet around the sinkhole is visible to the right of the marqueeThe plastic sheet around the sinkhole is visible to the right of the marquee (Image: Sanela Bejdic Hajdarevic)

She said: “They didn’t want anyone to know about it.

“It’s not a small hole, it’s around six metres long and deep – that’s a big hole!

“On that day it was lucky there were no animals because they would have been swallowed up.”

On the day the sinkhole appeared, Sanela saw HS2 workers “frantically” running to the field around 11am. When she asked them at the café what was going, she was told it was for “research and measuring,” she said.

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She continued: “So they basically lied to us!

“They never reached out to me, and I’m really angry about that because since this happened they haven’t had the decency to actually get in touch to say ‘we know you must be worried about this.’ And give me an assurance.

“But they can’t give me an assurance because they don’t know!”

She was concerned something could happen to her business and home, which she shares with her husband and mum, who is in her 80s.

“I know they don’t generally care, but they should show at least some care.

"If anyone is at risk it's us," she added. 

A spokesperson for HS2 Ltd responded: “We have tried to contact Ms Hajdarevic a number of times since ground movement occurred to help provide reassurance about her property.

“The tunnel boring machines passed under her garden almost a month ago without any problems and we have monitoring in place above the line of the tunnels.

“We recognise that people living nearby may have concerns about the incident and we acted quickly to brief the council, parish council and local MP, as well as interested local community groups on the background and safeguards we have in place going forward.”

Sanela said they didn't get in touch with her until the evening of May 22 and only after Bucks Free Press had been in touch with HS2.