Council contractors paint road markings over pile of horse manure

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HAPLESS council contractors really put their foot in it when they painted road markings over a pile of horse manure.

The workers failed to spot the manure, below, while they were using a machine to lay down a white line on Hopton Lane, in Upper Hopton, Mirfield.

Kirklees Council said the section of road would now be repainted.

The blunder was brought to the attention of the local authority by Shaun Maddox, 43, from Thornhill in Dewsbury.

Shaun, who runs his own construction business, said: “It’s a waste of council taxpayers’ money and I couldn’t let it go unnoticed.

“I reported it to the council and they apologised, blaming contractors, and said that they were investigating.

“If no-one had flagged this up someone would have got away with shoddy workmanship and someone gets paid for a bad job.

“If any of my lads had done that they would be sacked.

“This is how contracts are lost and people are put out of work.”

Martyn Bolt, a Conservative councillor for Mirfield, said: “It’s almost beyond belief that someone could do this. They obviously didn’t check the road beforehand but surely that’s part of the job.

“When white lining is carried out we expect it to stay on the road for a long time, not end up on someone’s rose bed.”

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “The machine used by the contractors is a large one and the manure wasn’t spotted in time. This bit of road will be re-lined.”

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