Hole lot of danger as pavement crumbles

Howard Henshaw, Carol Lanyon and Karen Henshaw by some of the holes which have opened up in the pavement on Westgate Road.
Howard Henshaw, Carol Lanyon and Karen Henshaw by some of the holes which have opened up in the pavement on Westgate Road.
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NEIGHBOURS alarmed over their sinking road and crumbling driveways have been promised a solution is coming - they just might have to wait for it.

A crater opened up in the pavement of Westgate Road, in St Annes, around two weeks ago, following months of complaints from residents about the state of their drives.

The problems are believed to have been caused by poorly maintained sewers and United Utilities has said it is working on a solution - but is still waiting for the necessary planning permissions to implement it.

Now residents have enlisted the help of their local councillors Karen and Howard Henshaw in a bid to get the issue resolved more quickly.

Coun Karen Henshaw said: “This problem has been ongoing for months and months.

“One driveway almost collapsed and had piling put under it which affected the next door neighbour’s driveway.

“That has now been condemned and the resident can’t use it - it’s unsafe because underneath it there is just a great big hole. The residents rang me to say there was a four-foot wide hole in the pavement. Barriers have been put round it but that will not stop anybody falling in.”

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The sewers used to be maintained by Blackpool Airport, but became United Utilities’ responsibility following a change in government legislation in October last year.

And resident James Doherty, who lives close to the hole, said: “It’s a terrible situation and the road has collapsed three or four times.

“There’s a hole in the road now and there’s a fence round it, but goodness knows how far it goes down.

“It’s an ongoing trouble.”

United Utilities confirmed they were aware of the issue and had contacted the residents living adjacent to the hole to update them on the situation.

A spokesman said: “The pipe was damaged when we took it over and we are going to send in specialist contractors to divert the existing drain into the public sewer.

“That is subject to planning permission and highways approval and we are still in talks with the county council.”

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