Hole in Burnley road could be dangerous

Gerard Horrocks with the hole that has appeared in Colbran Street that has still not been repaired after three weeks.

Gerard Horrocks with the hole that has appeared in Colbran Street that has still not been repaired after three weeks.

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A HOLE in the road which has been left for three weeks could become a danger to the public according to a worried Burnley man.

Mr Gerard Horrocks, who lives in Browhead Road, Heasandford, spotted the hole in the road at Colbran Street near to his home and reported it to Lancashire County Council.

But three weeks later, it is still there, and he is concerned it could get bigger.

Mr Horrocks said: “I reported this a few weeks ago and workmen came out to put barriers round it. I thought they would do something then to fix it.

“It needs sorting because if children remove the barriers and start playing around it could lead to an accident because the hole is likeley to get bigger.”

Lancashire County Council confirmed it was sending engineers to inspect the hole on Wednesday of this week.

Keith Thompson, highways engineer for Burnley, said: “The hole on Colbran Street was reported to us on the evening of May 23rd and one of our emergency teams responded immediately to cordon it off for safety.

“Depressions in the road surface are often due to problems with the services underneath and we had to confirm that it was not a sewer collapse because this depression was on the line of a sewer which is maintained by United Utilities.

“Now that we know the sewer is not the problem a team will be returning to the site on June 13th to carry out further investigations and repairs.”