Anger as debris blocks road

Wall at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club has fallen on to The Crescent, Hipperholme.'Angry residents are Brian Connolly, Emma Hunt, Betty Carney and Judith Potter
Wall at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club has fallen on to The Crescent, Hipperholme.'Angry residents are Brian Connolly, Emma Hunt, Betty Carney and Judith Potter

Residents have been left outraged after an eight-foot wall came crashing down behind their homes.

The wall, on the boundary of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club and The Crescent, Hipperholme, collapsed last month.

Six weeks later the debris is still blocking residents on The Crescent and no one is taking responsibility for it.

“We noticed a few bricks had fallen out of the wall at about 8am that morning. We moved our car from the yard to avoid any hitting it,” said resident Roger Tomlinson, 71.

“Then about 9.30am we heard a noise that we thought was the boiler blowing up but it was the wall coming down. It could have collapsed on us.”

Council inspectors put fencing around the debris and served a notice on the bowling club with a bill for the fencing.

The bowling club then sent residents a letter asking if they had deeds showing who owned the wall and if they would be prepared to put money towards repairs.

Emma Hunt, 36, said: “We don’t want to pay for this when it’s clearly the bowling club’s responsibility. It keeps their bowling green protected.

“We just want somebody to come and clear up the bricks. What if our house was on fire?

“How would emergency vehicles get up the road? How will the binmen get up the road?”

Council planning chief Geoff Willerton, hsaid: “We have visited the site and a notice has been served on the bowling club.

“The debris has been tidied up and a temporary fence erected to maintain safety.”

Steve Hartley, treasurer at the bowling club, said: “Ownership of the wall is is not clear from the deeds. We are trying to take steps to get appropriate quotes for the work.”

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