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‘Danger of death’ at play area in Hawarden, Deeside

AN UNDERGROUND cavern next to a children’s play area in Hawarden should be filled in to prevent a fatality, says a community councillor.

A 6ft fence was put up with signs warning of a ‘danger of death’ about six weeks ago after the discovery of a disused water chamber at Trueman’s Mount, off The Highway.

It is believed children tried to get into the chamber before the fence was erected by breaking through the mound of earth covering it.

And Cllr Helen Yale wants land owner Hawarden Estate to fill in the 20ft hole to ensure no-one can gain access, especially with the school holidays approaching.

She said: “If anyone does scale the fence, which they can, it could be fatal.

“There are signs saying there’s a danger of death and to me that warrants filling it in to eliminate any danger whatsoever to anyone – a child, an adult or an animal.”

William Hall, a Hawarden Estate partner, said the firm will seek advice from a structural engineer on how to make the chamber safe.

He said: “No-one knew it was there, including CADW. We informed Welsh Water and immediately fenced it to make it safe.”

Mr Hall said the company did all it could straight away to stop people entering the danger area by putting the fence up.

The issue was discussed at Hawarden Community Council’s last meeting after a concerned member of the public contacted the authority.

Hawarden councillor Clive Carver said he thought the fence is ‘extremely safe’.

“I’m sure that those in their late teens or early 20s could climb over,” he said. “But they’re not the ones who should be using the play area.”

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