Longstanding sink hole on Carr Road in Nelson to be repaired in the coming days by United Utilities

A sink hole which appeared in a busy road in Nelson a year ago is an “accident waiting to happen” according to one concerned resident, frustrated that it has still not been repaired.
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The large hole in road in Carr Road has been brought to the attention of the highways authority Lancashire County Council, as well as Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson and Pendle Borough Council.

Resident Mr David Walker said: “Barriers and cones (near the sinkhole) are lying dangerously on the pavement and in the road. Unless something is done we have an accident waiting to happen.

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“Apparently there has been a dispute between United Utilities and Lancashire County Council as to whose asset the sink hole has affected. To my knowledge everyone from members of the public, Pendle Borough Council’s chief executive Rose Rouse, local councillors and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson have reported it but nothing has been done.”

The sink hole in Carr Road, NelsonThe sink hole in Carr Road, Nelson
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A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The sink hole on Carr Road has been caused by the failure of a sewer pipe which has resulted in a void developing beneath the road.

“There have been some delays in addressing the issue, partly as a result of the need for further investigations to establish the source of the leak, and which partly is responsible for making repairs.

“We're grateful to residents for bringing it to our attention, and understand that United Utilities are due to visit the site to replace the damaged pipe and restore the road surface in the coming days.”

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