Thurrock Council has put out statements to the local media about the crater. On Tuesday it said:
Following subsidence outside a home in Blackshots Lane on Monday 3 December, Thurrock Council engineers inspected the site to ensure public safety.
After a further inspection on Tuesday morning, carriageway restrictions and two-way traffic signals were put in place.
The hole had not increased in size, however the council contacted National Grid (Gas) as there was a gas leak caused by the settlement of the ground beneath the footpath.
All other statutory services have been alerted and requested to visit the site on Tuesday too. The council is also taking all necessary precautionary measures.
Bus companies have been advised of potential delays to their services.