A danger drain which caused the injury of a child has finally been fixed thanks to the LBO but six weeks after it was first reported to builders.
Leighton mum Jo Woodcock contacted us in frustration after failing to get any action from Taylor Wimpey following an accident to her two-year-old daughter Emma Jennings.
Jo and Emma were crossing Johnson Drive, Sandhills, near the new lower school, when the youngster’s leg disappeared down a broken drain cover. She was left bruised and battered with scrapes to her arms, legs and a bump on the head.
A month after the incident Emma is still too frightened to walk along Johnson Drive, Sandhills, and complaints about both the drain and roads, to one of the estate’s builders, Taylor Wimpey, had fallen on deaf ears.
The drain’s cover remained broken until this week. Central Beds Council had been unable to help because the roads on the estate are unadopted and remain the responsibility of the builder.
Jo, of Linnet Way, had emailed both the council and TW asking for action to fix the drain-cover before another youngster was hurt but it wasn’t until the LBO raised the issue that engineers walked the full length of Johnson Drive to find the drain, replacing it on Tuesday.
“They’ve finally been down and fixed drain cover. It was about time.
“We had been going for a walk the day before the school opened when Emma’s foot disappeared down a hole in the cover and she fell over. Her leg went right down the hole.
“It looked as though the drain cover on the road had been cut open.
“I had no reply from Taylor Wimpey, which I find disgraceful. Central Beds Council also emailed the builders and they weren’t answered either.”
The mother of two has also attacked the lack of action in bringing in traffic calming measures along Johnson Drive despite the new lower school being open for nearly a month.
“There’s not even a “slow down, children crossing” sign put up and people drive very fast down the road.”
A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: ““We’re grateful to Mrs Woodcock for bringing this to our attention. We regularly undertake a full inspection of all roads and pavements on site and routine repairs are conducted where necessary.
“The health and safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority.
“With regard to traffic around the school, we can confirm a 30mph speed limit is in place.”