‘Dangerous’ manhole ignored for two years by Sheffield Council

Brian Hanson has been complaining about the unsafe manhole in Herdings Wood for two years. Picture: Andrew Roe
Brian Hanson has been complaining about the unsafe manhole in Herdings Wood for two years. Picture: Andrew Roe
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An ‘unsafe’ manhole lid in a Sheffield meadow was reported by a concerned resident for two years – without any action taken.

Brian Hanson has contacted Sheffield Council’s parks and countryside department to request the manhole – which has a large hole next to a damaged lid – be repaired.

The manhole is in a wildflower meadow between Leighton Place and Herdings Wood, Gleadless Valley.

Mr Hanson, who lives nearby, said he feared someone out walking would ‘accidentally put their foot down the hole and have a serious accident.’

Sheffield Council staff have now been out to visit the site, after The Star contacted the authority.

Mr Hanson said: “I think it’s unacceptable the length of time it has taken Sheffield Council to get round to seeing to the manhole problem.

“I first reported the problem two years ago to the Parks and Countryside Department and requested that department to have the manhole lid repaired, so why wasn’t my report taken seriously and my request met?

“Luckily for the council nobody has had a serious accident by accidentally falling into the hole beside the manhole lid, but such an accident could have happened.

“Due to the lack of attention given to my first report it seems to me that someone as to have a serious accident before anyone takes any action!

“If this is the case then it is disgusting and I cry shame on the so-called caring Sheffield Council.”

A council spokesman thanked Mr Hanson for raising the matter and said action was being taken to repair the manhole ‘as quickly as possible’.

He added: “We would like to thank the resident for bringing this matter to our attention.

“Our officers have carried out several site visits to view the manhole cover, and action is now being taken to get it repaired as quickly as possible.

“However, clearly it should not have taken this long for the matter to be resolved.

“We would like to apologise to the resident for the length of time it has taken to deal with his complaint, and reassure him that the issue is now being addressed.”