WALTHAMSTOW: Parents demand explanation after toddler falls down manhole

WALTHAMSTOW: Parents demand explanation after toddler falls down manhole

Ryan Greenway with parents Richard and Linda and brother Kieran by the manhole in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow

The manhole Ryan Greenway fell down in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow

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A TODDLER had a lucky escape after falling five feet down a manhole in a park.

Ryan Hanley Greenway, two, fell through the cover and into the hole in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, while walking with his dad Richard and brother Kieran.

A man was able to reach in and rescue the terrified tot, who was wearing a safety helmet because he had been riding his scooter.

The metal cover fell into the hole after the boy, but he escaped with just minor bruising.

Mr Greenway, 37, said: “I was walking out of the park and Ryan was behind me.

“Kieran went ahead so I told him to stop and he stopped at the gate.

“At that point I heard someone shout 'No' and when I turned round my boy had gone.

“I saw a man reaching down and realised what had happened.

“He was there one minute and the next he was gone.” His relieved parents say they incident could have been a lot more serious and are demanding answers.

Mum Linda Hanley, 29, said: “I don't know how badly it has affected him, because he is only two so he can't really talk about it properly,” she said.

“But he keeps mentioning it so it has obviously bothered him.”

Ms Hanley said she has contacted Waltham Forest Council to find out how this could have happened, but so far no-one has been able to give an explanation.

She also said she has learned that manhole covers aren't routinely inspected, unless somebody reports a problem.

She added: “This could have been a lot worse. We want to know how this happened and to ensure it doesn't happen again with more severe consequences.

“It seems they are just waiting for a serious injury before they do anything.”

The incident happened on Saturday, May 22 and the manhole cover has since been replaced.

The Guardian is awaiting a comment from Waltham Forest Council.

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3:12pm Tue 1 Jun 10

fabster says...

Contact Stella Creasy and see if she can help?

stella@workingforwal
thamstow.org.uk
0208 520 6586
Contact Stella Creasy and see if she can help? stella@workingforwal thamstow.org.uk 0208 520 6586 fabster
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4:33pm Tue 1 Jun 10

Tom Thumb says...

The council abolished the regular staffing of parks with park keepers to save money. The result is yobs, vandalism, and the criminal neglect of the park environment.
The only place I have ever seen a park keeper in Lloyd Park is hidden away in the office drinking tea.
The councillor responsible for the state of local parks is Clyde Loakes, who should not hide from the local newspaper and hope that this incident will be forgotten.
The council abolished the regular staffing of parks with park keepers to save money. The result is yobs, vandalism, and the criminal neglect of the park environment. The only place I have ever seen a park keeper in Lloyd Park is hidden away in the office drinking tea. The councillor responsible for the state of local parks is Clyde Loakes, who should not hide from the local newspaper and hope that this incident will be forgotten. Tom Thumb
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8:33pm Wed 2 Jun 10

highstreetvoiceofreason says...

Tom Thumb wrote:
The council abolished the regular staffing of parks with park keepers to save money. The result is yobs, vandalism, and the criminal neglect of the park environment. The only place I have ever seen a park keeper in Lloyd Park is hidden away in the office drinking tea. The councillor responsible for the state of local parks is Clyde Loakes, who should not hide from the local newspaper and hope that this incident will be forgotten.
Parks are the responsibility of Cllr Geraldine Reardon
[quote][p][bold]Tom Thumb[/bold] wrote: The council abolished the regular staffing of parks with park keepers to save money. The result is yobs, vandalism, and the criminal neglect of the park environment. The only place I have ever seen a park keeper in Lloyd Park is hidden away in the office drinking tea. The councillor responsible for the state of local parks is Clyde Loakes, who should not hide from the local newspaper and hope that this incident will be forgotten.[/p][/quote]Parks are the responsibility of Cllr Geraldine Reardon highstreetvoiceofreason
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8:58am Thu 3 Jun 10

rubberneck says...

I blame the parents, kid of that age should be on reins
I blame the parents, kid of that age should be on reins rubberneck
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