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Hornchurch shop owners feared for residents’ safety after damaged manhole cover was left open for four months

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 September 2018

A builder working nearby put a cage around the open manhole cover in Ardleigh Green Road to try and prevent any accidents from happening.

A builder working nearby put a cage around the open manhole cover in Ardleigh Green Road to try and prevent any accidents from happening.

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A damaged manhole cover has been left open in a busy Hornchurch road for more than four months causing residents to take matters of safety into their own hands.

The open manhole cover in Ardleigh Green Road.The open manhole cover in Ardleigh Green Road.

Eddie Hassan, 36, owner of cafe 108 in Ardleigh Green Road is worried that residents and pupils at a nearby school might get hurt walking over a damaged manhole cover in Ardleigh Green Road.

He told the Recorder: “I can’t believe it’s been four months and no one has resolved it. I don’t want someone to fall in and break a leg.

“I can’t believe that no one will take any form of action. We’ve done what we can as shop owners.”

Eddie, along with workers at Ardleigh Green Dry Cleaners placed a cover over the manhole but it was blown away in the wind.

The open manhole cover in Ardleigh Green Road.The open manhole cover in Ardleigh Green Road.

“There was a kind man doing some electrical work nearby and he came and put a cage around it, but this has also blown away,” said Eddie.

“It’s a really bad hazard.”

An Openreach spokeswoman said that an Openreach engineer visited the site today (Tuesday, September 25) and guarded the manhole to make it temporarily safe.

She added: “We’re really grateful to the member of the local community who brought to our attention the issue with the manhole cover on Ardleigh Green Road.

“A permanent fix will be implemented by our team as quickly as possible.

“If any member of the public does see any damage to any of our infrastructure at any time, we encourage them to get in touch with Openreach”.

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