Thursday, 7 Dec 2023

Villagers awaken by drain cover sounding

Locals in Stowmarket Road in Great Blakenham, Suffolk, say the drain has been giving them sleepless nights since September.

Melanie Pirie, who lives ten doors down from the drain, said: “It’s like a firework going off every time a car goes over it. It’s deafening. It’s an absolute nightmare.

“It’s got to the point where so many of us have reported it to the council and there are different deadlines.

“Some say it’s going to be fixed in two days, some say ten days, most say eight weeks.”

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“I am in my bedroom in my house, and I can hear it.”

“People further down the road have lost sleep; I know there are children along there who are not getting to sleep. It must be unbearable for the residents next to it.”

“We have got to the point where people were putting cones on it just so people can get to sleep at night, which could be dangerous as drivers would have to swerve around it.”

“It sounds petty. I am not one of those people who moans about things, but it has gone on for far too long. It’s like having a firework going off all the time.”

According to local authority services, a broken or faulty manhole cover can be dangerous as well as causing noise.

Suffolk Highways have now placed roadworks signs around the cover to deter cars driving over it.

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said it was aware of the issue and had sent a team to investigate the drain.

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