WORKMEN filled in a hole in a pavement - even though they knew it held a gas leak and would have to be dug up again.
When Neil Simpson, 70, smelled gas he immediately went to the end of his drive to tell Kirklees Council workmen who were putting tarmacadam down on the pavements at Birchington Avenue, Birchencliffe.
They told Mr Simpson they were going home, so he rang gas firm Transco himself.
"A man from Transco came out straightaway and took a reading," he said.
"There was a leak and he said they would come back the next day to do another reading to monitor the situation.
"The next man confirmed the leak and said daily checks would be kept on it until it could be repaired.
"I think if there is a gas leak it causes a very serious safety hazard and should be repaired straight away."
The next day the hole was due to be filled in by the council workmen. But when Mr Simpson told them of the leak they filled it in anyway.
"I could not believe it," he said. "I told them it would have to be dug up again to sort out the leak and they just ignored me.
"The highways department told me not to worry as it would not cost much to dig the hole up and refill it.
"But it could have been done there and then if the council and Transco had got together and sorted it out.
"It does not really matter how much it costs, because it should not have cost anything at all. This is just a waste of taxpayers' money."
Keith Newman, of Transco, said the firm had now repaired the leak.
"It was only a very small amount of gas that leaked. We monitored it every day until we could repair it," he said.
"We repaired a 6in section of pipe and disruption was minimal. We have good relations with Kirklees and work very hard to communicate with them."
A Kirklees spokesman said: "We apologise for any inconvenience. We are investigating the matter."