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Gully vandalism triggers warning
Wednesday 30th August, 2017

Wigan Council is encouraging residents to keep an eye out for missing or broken gullies after reports of vandalism.

A gully is the technical term for a drain at the edge of a carriageway kerb that drains water from the road and is typically covered by a metal grid.

If the grid is removed or tampered with it can cause an accident to pedestrians, cyclists or motor vehicles.

After reports that a small number of metal grids appear to have been vandalised the council is urging people to report any broken grids to them so they can be repaired.

Mark Tilley, assistant director for infrastructure at the council, said: “It can be very easy to not see the gully has been damaged or removed and for it to cause an accident.

“It can be particularly dangerous if children are playing so we’re asking people to be vigilant and if they see anything to report it to us. We would encourage parents to remind children of the danger of playing in or with the lids of gullies to prevent accidents or them coming into contact with the sewer.”

Residents can report broken or missing gullies at www.wigan.gov.uk/reportit or via the council’s Report It app on your smartphone.


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