Hole street to remain shut until next week

Hole in Nelson Street, Cotmanhay.
Hole in Nelson Street, Cotmanhay.

A Cotmanhay road is likely to remain shut until well into next week after a gaping hole appeared there last week to the shock of neighbours.

The hole, about a foot across, is thought to have been caused by a collapsed sewer following heavy rain the previous week – and Severn Trent workers are battling to fix it.

Hole in Nelson Street, Cotmanhay.

Hole in Nelson Street, Cotmanhay.

But Nelson Street remains shut until the end of next week causing bus routes to be diverted and parking misery for residents.

The hole appeared, neighbours said early on Thursday afternoon, after a car drove over a bump in the road.

Police were called out who closed the road and cordoned off the hole.

Jaqueline Ellis said: “It’s scary – you wouldn’t want to fall down it.

“There are kids up and down this street all the time.”

She added that flood waters the previous week had been a foot deep and left a trail of rubbish behind.

Severn Trent apologised for the inconvenience this week.

“A problem with the road, which may have been caused by a collapsed sewer, was reported to us on Thursday last week (August 8),” a spokesman said.

“The same day we went out to investigate and make the area safe.

“To allow us to carry out further investigations and repair work we have organised a road closure until the end of next week.

“We’d like to thank the local community for its patience and apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.”

Trent Barton has diverted its 23 service to avoid the roadworks.

It apologised on Monday that the bus route would not be serving Nelson Street or Duke Street.

Severn Trent estimated the work would be finished by Wednesday August 21.