Three-year-old injured after manhole fall in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 11:27 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 20 July 2018

Green Vale in Welwyn Garden City. 
Picture: Google Street View

Green Vale in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View


A Welwyn Garden City mum is angry at the length of time it took to fix the manhole that her three-year-old fell into.

Jason, three, and his grandmother were walking along Green Vale when he stepped on a corner of a manhole cover and fell in.

The heavy cover came crashing down on top of him leaving him with a deep cut on his leg.

The little boy was also left badly shaken.

His grandmother lifted him out from the hole and knocked on the closest house to raise awareness of the situation.

Jason’s mum Sian said that the occupant told them how they have reported it “countless” times because it is “always happening” but nothing had been done.

Sian said: “I’m furious that it has been reported before and still nothing was done to fix it.

“When they got home I had to clean the wound and he was screaming and crying.”

The 26-year-old mum said that she reported it herself to Hertfordshire County Council who said it was the responsibility of CSC Highways.

Sian added: “After contacting CSC Highways they said it is the responsibilty of Thames Water and it was really frustrating how nobody would take responsibility.

“It’s by Swallow Dell School and I was worried that it would happen to another child.”

Following the accident on June 18, Sian said: “It took weeks before the problem was dealt with.”

A Hertfordshire County Council spokeswoman said that after receiving a report they sent out officers to visit the site to make the area safe.

A spokeswoman for Thames Water told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that the broken drain was reported to them on July 3 was fixed on July 5.

Sian said: “I’m glad it’s sorted now but it took way too long to do.

“My son was too scared to go down that street again.”

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