Debris left by gas works blamed for punctured tyres

Colemore Square in Leigh Park which has had lots of flint stone chippings scattered across the road by the gas works workers who are moving earth around which has caused punctures in vehicles. Toni Swash whose car and partners motorbike pictured have had punctures.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (123243-4)
Colemore Square in Leigh Park which has had lots of flint stone chippings scattered across the road by the gas works workers who are moving earth around which has caused punctures in vehicles. Toni Swash whose car and partners motorbike pictured have had punctures. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123243-4)
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MOTORIST are blaming debris left in the road by a gas company for a spate of punctured tyres in Leigh Park.

Residents in Colemore Square are angry after discovering punctured tyres on their vehicles after driving over sharp stones in the road.

Southern Gas Networks has been working in Bedhampton Way, Leigh Park, to replace gas mains.

Two months ago two large containers were placed on a green space in Colemore Square for all the stones, rubble and mud from the roadworks.

But this has caused problems for residents as they say not all the debris is getting into the containers when it is dropped off twice a day.

Martin Wallace, 52, was angry when he found a punctured tyre on his Suziki Bandit motorbike.

He pulled out a large piece of flint from the tyre.

He said: ‘I have got a seriously lacerated rear tyre and I am not the only person who has had these problems.

‘Over the weekend it was like Hayling Island beach with the amount of chippings and bits of stone.

‘I could be going at whatever miles an hour down the motorway and my tyre goes down.

‘That could be fatal to a motorcyclist.’

His partner Toni Swash, 41, has had a punctured tyre on her Rover car and neighbour Harry Ayres, 50, has two punctures on his Volkswagen van.

Ms Swash said: ‘Sometimes they are big stones. You only have to go over that with your wheel and it can fly up and hit somebody.’

Officials at Southern Gas Networks apologised to residents for any inconvenience caused.

Spokeswoman Hannah Brett said: ‘We have a site compound in Colemore Square where we are collecting the spoil from our excavations.

‘By transporting our spoil to the Colemore Square compound, we are able to work within a smaller area in Bedhampton Way and avoid the need to close the road while we complete this project.

‘The tidiness and safety of our sites are extremely important to us. Our team is monitoring the condition of the Bedhampton Way site and compound as they work and ensuring that the site is being kept as tidy and safe as possible.

‘We are sweeping the road when necessary to ensure the area is kept clear.’