A HUDDERSFIELD businessman says a hole in the pavement near his company is dangerous - after one of his customers fell into it and was hurt.
Charles Jones, owner of Jones Steel, says the large grate hole, which is around 4ft long, has not been fixed since it appeared three months ago outside his firm on St Peter's Street.
He said: "I first noticed it three months ago when one of my buyers from India came in to see me.
"It was quite dark outside and he tripped and fell into the hole.
"He twisted his ankle and was quite shaken up by what happened.
"He couldn't believe the state of the pavement. he said Huddersfield wasn't meant to be in the Third World!"
After the incident Mr Jones said he contacted Kirklees Council and was told it was the responsibility of the private owner of the grate to get it fixed.
The private owner is deemed to be restaurant owner Robert Melman, whose restaurant, Argento, is by the side of Mr Jones's main office door.
Mr Jones added: "Kirklees said they've been in touch with the private owner and he keeps saying he's going to fix it - but he never does.
"It's been three months and nothing's been done. The council has put a plastic sheet over the hole but it's quite flimsy."
"Meanwhile, I've got a great hole outside my business and it looks awful.
"It's right in the middle of town and lots of other people could fall into it.
"If a blind person came along they could easily go down the hole."
Mr Melman told the Examiner he had arranged to get the hole fixed.
He said: "I have an order from the council to repair it and I have arranged for a joiner to come round.
"A heavy iron plate has already been put on top of it by the council, so it would be impossible for someone to fall into it.
"The council acted properly by getting it covered with a heavy piece of material, not a plastic cover.
"I am happy to get it repaired.
"It's in my interests as well, for the sake of my customers, to get it fixed," added Mr Melman.