Manhole left open for days on estate

Wendy Farrell-Austin, with the open manhole.
Wendy Farrell-Austin, with the open manhole.
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Worried resident Wendy Farrell-Austin said she feared for the safety of children on her Middleton estate from a dangerous open manhole near a play area.

The 59-year-old said she contacted Leeds City Council’s highways department on Monday after spotting the deep hole on a grass verge off Manor Farm Drive. But despite the obvious danger to local children, the hole had not yet been covered up three days later.

However after being contacted by the YEP yesterday, Leeds City Council last night confirmed they had “made safe” the manhole. Wendy, of nearby Manor Farm Close, said: “I was just walking past when I noticed it. I don’t know how long it had been there. They rang me back on Monday morning and asked me to direct them, so I did, and they said if they couldn’t find it they’d ring me back, and they never did, so I assumed they’d found it. But I walked past it again on Wednesday and saw it hadn’t been fixed. It’s on a grass verge, where children play. There are some steps nearby where they put a piece of wood down and skateboard over it. And they run around there.

“A child could fall down it. Just running or playing and they don’t see it.”

A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council said due a misunderstanding over the manhole’s location, the Highways Team on Monday had put up a flag and a cone at the wrong manhole.

But yesterday a team visited the Manor Farm Drive hole. She said: “We can confirm has attended to make safe the manhole.”

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