Cover up query

Pollokshaws Heritage group members Jim Divers, Harry McColl, Mary Bell, Anna Simpson, Bill McGhee, Isa and Jim Clydesdale and Betty Wilson are anxious for the hole on Shawbridge Street to be fixed.
Pollokshaws Heritage group members Jim Divers, Harry McColl, Mary Bell, Anna Simpson, Bill McGhee, Isa and Jim Clydesdale and Betty Wilson are anxious for the hole on Shawbridge Street to be fixed.

A COMMUNITY group has voiced concerns over an uncovered manhole causing a potential hazard in Pollokshaws.

The Pollokshaws Heritage Group has been complaining about the access hole on Shawbridge Street for some time, and has contacted Glasgow city council and area councillors – to no avail.

The hole lies at the front of Pollokshaws parish church, and residents like George Rountree are worried about the danger it poses. George, of the heritage group, told The Extra: “It appears to be an access hatch that has lost its cover.

“It’s been like this for a few years and despite complaints to various authorities, nothing has been done about it – other than fairly recently when four traffic cones were placed around it.

“Needless to say, the cones are constantly interfered with and don’t remain in place for long.

“It has been, and will continue to be a dangerous hazard, in particular for anyone with poor eyesight, or walking along in the dark”.

George – who has lived in Pollokshaws for over 50 years and acted as achivist for the heritage group since 1997 – remembers the service hole cover breaking around 10 years ago.

The history buff knows the area well, having published three books of old photographs from Pollokshaws between 2002 and 2010 – and he hopes that the council will step in and fix the hazard.

A council spokesman told The Extra that the problem area is believed to be an inspection chamber. He added that it could be privately owned, and that the council would establish responsibility.

A council team was sent to Shawbridge Street on Tuesday night, where they installed a temporary cover and marked the area as hazardous with more cones and tape.