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Kirton's noisy manhole on Main Street 'fixed' with glove by Severn Trent


By Advertiser Reporter


A glove has been used to fix a broken manhole cover on a Kirton road, it was claimed.

Residents of Kirton were relieved when they heard that the broken manhole cover on Main Street was going to be fixed, following months of noise.

But they were left speechless when they found a glove wedged in the side to stop the cover banging as vehicles drive over it.

Steel drain cover on the main road through Kirton, bangs everytime a vehicle passes over it, keeping residents awake at night..Resident and member of the Parish Council, Mrs Nicola Batty, next to the drain cover.. (5176596)
Steel drain cover on the main road through Kirton, bangs everytime a vehicle passes over it, keeping residents awake at night..Resident and member of the Parish Council, Mrs Nicola Batty, next to the drain cover.. (5176596)

Parish councillor Mrs Nicola Batty, of Station Road, said the problem was initially reported six months ago to Nottinghamshire County Council, but it passed the issue on to Severn Trent.

Two weekends ago a worker from Severn Trent attended.

“They turned up with traffic lights and a digger. We thought the job was going to be done,” she said.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s what happened.

“There was a piece of cotton that appeared to be a glove wedged down the side of the manhole.”

Mrs Batty said that while the manhole was being fixed, a labourer jokingly suggested that if residents were that annoyed about the sound then they should park a van over it.

Severn Trent told Mrs Batty that the broken manhole cover was not the reason they came out to Kirton on that day.

Mrs Batty said: “This is just another case of big corporations not caring about the impact that they are having on local residents.

“I have received numerous complaints about this. A lot of lorries drive through Kirton in the early hours and it’s waking residents up.

“When lorries go down here early in the morning its particularly noisy.”

A spokesperson from Severn Trent said: “We plan to replace the manhole cover in the coming days and must put traffic lights in place so our engineers can work safely. We are speaking to the county council so we can agree the best time to carry out the work with minimum disruption.”



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