Repairs to dangerous manholes in popular park

Repairs are to be carried out to partially collapsed manholes in Beggarswood recreation area in Lobley Hill, Gateshead, following concerns about their dangerous state.


Worried residents contacted Lib Dem Councillors who then raised the problem with officers at Gateshead Council.


The manholes are part of the culvert that covered over the Blackburn stream. The dene through which the stream runs was used as a rubbish tip in the 1960s and 1970s before being converted into a recreational area.


Cllr Jonathan Wallace said, “Residents contacted me concerned that the partial collapse could be a risk to dogs or children. I’m pleased the officers came out to check on the damage and will carry out repairs.”


Lib Dem campaigner Jonathan Mohammed said, “We want to ensure Beggarswood is a safe place for children to play and people to walk.”


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