Mysterious hole causing chaos to residents and businesses in Forest Town

Poplar Road closed due to damage
Poplar Road closed due to damage

RESIDENTS and businesses based on Forest Town’s Poplar Grove are becoming increasingly frustrated after a huge hole mysteriously appeared forcing the road to be closed.

The hole appeared on Christmas Day and has exposed sewer pipes below creating a danger to motorists and pedestrians.

But weeks later and the row over responsibility for the repair goes on causing increasing anger and inconvenience to people living and working on the street.

“It has been very difficult for us as we have had to make diversions to avoid the problem,” said Tony Ingham of Ingham’s Funeral Directors based on Poplar Grove. “I have called the council asking for diversion signs to let people know where to go but they don’t want to know as the road is unadopted.

“We have doctors and visitors to our site regularly and it is causing much confusion. I dread to think what would happen if an emergency service vehicle tries to make access.”

Vehicles are being forced to travel to the bottom of Poplar Grove and looping around and back up Lime Grove to make it back onto the main road at Clipstone Road West.

Mr Ingham added: “The road isn’t in a good state overall which isn’t great for our vehicles but this makes matters much worse.

“It seems that nobody wants to take responsibility for the problem as Severn Trent has been out but they are blaming mining subsidence. It’s all very frustrating.”

A resident whose bungalow is sited right in front of the hole, describes it as about 12 foot deep and four metres wide stretching from one side of the road to the other.

“There are barriers around it but it is a real risk for people trying to walk around it,” said the resident who asked not to be named. “Something needs to be done about it and soon - before someone is killed.”

A spokesman for Severn Trent said they are continuing to look into the situation.

“On Christmas Day we received a call from a resident of Poplar Grove in Forest Town to report a hole that had appeared in the road exposing a section of sewer pipe,” said the spokesman. “We sent engineers to the street on the same day and organised a CCTV investigation to be carried out this week.

“We are assessing the results of the investigations and will keep residents up-to-date with information as we know more.

“We would like to thank the local community for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing. Whilst we carry out the investigations the council has closed the road and residents are able to access their homes.”