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Fast fix for stolen gully grates

While theft of gully grates has decreased in recent years, it is still a significant issue. Barry Turner, Technical Manager at Wrekin Products, explains a possible solution.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was introduced to tackle rising levels of metal theft. It imposes strict conditions on scrap metal dealers, giving authorities the power to enter and inspect premises for items such as drain covers and issue fines up to £5,000.

A review of the Act was presented to Parliament in December 2017. In the review, despite the significant reductions in levels of metal theft over recent years, the Government recognised the serious impact that these crimes continue to have on victims and the wider community.

The dangers that uncovered drains present go without saying and the need to take rapid action is paramount.

Responding to gully grate theft often means several visits by maintenance crews to complete the removal of the remaining frame and replacement and reinstatement of a new frame and cover assembly, leading to increased traffic disruption and extra cost.

A product render of the Multigrate temporary manhole cover solution


Multigrate is the high-quality, safe, easy-to-install and cost-effective solution. The composite grating can be sized on-site to replace almost any missing gully ironwork and provide an instant temporary fix.

Multigrate is designed to be fitted by a maintenance crew on the first visit. The robust design forms a secure temporary replacement until a permanent one is installed. Unique to this type of temporary product, it has been designed using BS EN 124 waterway apertures in order to maintain the installation’s function as pavement/roadway drainage apparatus.

Weighing less than 13kg, it can be easily handled by a single operative and cut on-site to fit the exact size of the gully, using standard tools. Built-in cutting guidelines ensure an accurate fit with most inspected gratings.

Using the supplied accessories, Multigrate can be interference-fitted into the in-situ frame to provide continued traffic stability.