13 Jun 2015
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United Kingdom
Hi all,

I’m currently trying to work some ideas out for what to do with my garden. Just working through ideas at this stage

my garden used to slope downwards away from the house. The last owner pretty much levelled it out. Except the bottom left hand side. (See picture) where he built a raised deck.

I thought this a bit odd, the decking at the front is ground level and at the back is about 18” high. In the bottom left hand corner under the deck is 2 manhole covers. Only really accessible by taking some of the deck boards up.

Now these manholes are fairly deep. They aren’t for my house and are bone dry. I seem to recall one has like rungs so you can climb down into it. Fair bit of crap down there from people who’ve dumped stuff in them. My house was built on the site of an old mill so I suspect it was for that.

Basically I have a dislike for decking. So I would like it paved of some sort. I could have a sunken patio/paving area and pave around the manholes but I’d lose sun time due to some very high trees elsewhere. Are there any other options?

I reckon I could block them up and nobody would ever notice or care but I’m not like that. I could speak to Yorkshire water but when I had another drain issue a few years back with them backing up they claimed they had no drain/sewer maps for my house and asked me what I had and where. So that route would involve me giving them loads of cash for them to make a fuss over the whole thing.

As they are brick built, could they be built up and raised to the current decking height and the manhole cover out at the new ground level so I could pave around them? I’m guessing Yorkshire water probably wouldn’t like that either without permission or something.

anyone any experience in this kind of thing? My last resort would probably be composite decking but I’m not keen. Although it is better than wood


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