Safety concerns after hole appears in road
A LARGE hole has appeared in a Langholm street, exposing service pipes and causing concern among residents.
The hole, above the dam in Wauchope Street, started as a hollow last year and it looked as though the road had simply sunk a little.
Since then, it has got worse and the surface has collapsed completely so it is possible to see through the road into the water beneath.
Resident Liz Ewart said: "The hole is about 18 inches in diameter and the council was notified several times when the hollow appeared.
"At the end of last year two men came and put in cold tar and stamped around with their feet. They then ran over it with the van a few times. That was it. They said they weren't going to do anything about it because it wasn't structural. I begged to differ.
"Last Thursday a hole just appeared and one of our neighbours put up a couple of cones. You could see right down into the dam. It's now been covered by a metal plate but only by a few inches.
"How long that's going to be there I don't know. There are sewerage and gas service pipes under the road. There used to be a weight limit on the bridge and in Walter Street but the signs have disappeared so we get quite a bit of traffic coming along this road.
"Since the speed bumps were put in Eskdaill Street, traffic comes down this street to avoid them. I have seen some heavy traffic and nine times out of 10 they bump through this hole. If anything heavy goes over the plate, it could disturb it."
A Dumfries and Galloway Council spokeswoman said: "The engineering services team are aware of the issue. They have inspected the hole and made it safe. It has been included in our programme of works."