County Council warns that stolen grates are a road risk

Published on: Thursday, 15th November 2018

Derbyshire County Council is warning road users to take care on the borough's highways after a spate of thefts of metal grates from roadside gutters.

Since the end of October the council has received around 60 reports of stolen gully ‘lids’ mainly in the Long Eaton area.  It is estimated these could cost upward of £15,000 to fix.

The exposed drains – with a drop of up to 1.20 metres – then pose a risk to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Grates are there for safety reasons, to protect the public. We believe they are being stolen and then traded for scrap metal, even though they are not worth that much. But the thefts leave gaping holes which are putting road users at serious risk.”

Councillor Spencer added: “Keeping residents safe is a top priority for us and we will replace the grates as quickly as possible. In the interim we put cones out to warn drivers as soon as we are aware the grids are missing.”  

Currently grates have been reported missing in:

  • Borrowash – Brook Road, Rose Avenue, Shacklecross Close
  • Draycott – Hopewell Road, Lodge Street, Sawley Road, South Street
  • Long Eaton - Abbotts Street, Austin Avenue, Birchwood Avenue, Bracken Road, Charles Street, Cheviot Road, Cobden Street, Frederick Street, Hawthorne Avenue, Lathkilldale Crescent, Lawson Avenue, Lock Lane, Longmoor Road, Manchester Street, Milldale Road, Myrtle Avenue, Nathanial Road, North Road, Northfield Avenue, Oakleys Road, Petersgate, Ribblesdale Road, Rufford Road, Sycamore Road, Thoresby Road, Victoria Street, Wilmot Street, Wilne Road, Wilsthorpe Road
  • Ockbrook – Oak Close, Pares Way
  • Risley - First Avenue, Second Avenue
  • Sandiacre - Coronation Avenue, Kings Road
  • Sawley – Lakeside Avenue.

Anyone who spots a missing grate or has any information about thefts should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or via Facebook or Twitter.  Damaged and missing grates can also be reported at

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