Good news has come for business owners in the Ayliff Street vicinity.
After it was reported an open manhole in the area was posing a hazard to passersby and workers, numerous emails were received highlighting other broken manhole castings in the CBD and residential areas of Newcastle.
These were forward to the municipality for response.
Before a team was dispatched to the area last Friday however, the businessman who initially laid the compliant was forced to stack concrete pieces in the open manhole, after one of his workers fell into the hole and was injured.
The missing manhole cover has since been replaced and businesses and workers in the area are relieved.
“It took four years, but I’m glad it is covered,” said the businessman. “I sometimes bring my young daughter to work with me and I was afraid she would get injured.”
Among areas identified by residents as having missing or damaged manhole covers were Pioneer Park, Lennoxton and Hutten Heights.
“Especially at night, it is difficult to see the open manholes and one could get seriously injured,” said a resident, who opted to remain anonymous.
The above-mentioned areas have also been assessed by the municipality.
Help us to identify other open manholes or storm water drains in your area – send an email to to [email protected] and we will look into the matter.