Bacup road leak sparks winter ice fears

The Bolton News: TORRENT OF WATER Coun Jimmy Eaton (right) with his brother Dave in Tong Lane TORRENT OF WATER Coun Jimmy Eaton (right) with his brother Dave in Tong Lane

A ‘DANGEROUS’ stream of water near a Bacup school is an ‘accident waiting to happen’, according to a councillor.

The junction of Pennine Road and Tong Lane has been plagued by drainage problems for months.

Greensclough councillor Jimmy Eaton has called on council bosses to sort the issue out before the water turns to ice in winter.

It is believed the problem started when a drain was diverted after work on a nearby housing development.

This has caused the pipework to become blocked and caused the water to escape rapidly from a manhole.

Coun Eaton said he had been asking for the leak to be resolved for more than two months, after being approached by concerned parents of pupils at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Tong Lane.

He said: “The water washes debris and rubble onto the roads and this is a risk for pedestrians and motorists using the school.

“Children have to walk over the water, but what happens when it gets colder and it turns into ice? It’s going to be dangerous.

“I went down on Saturday and already it was freezing over and it’s only September. It’s not good enough that it’s taken so long for action to be taken.”

He added that the stream sometimes stretched as far as South Street in the town centre.

Mum-of-two Natasha Plover, 24, lives on Pennine Road and claims the stream has caused flooding in her house this summer.

She said: “I have a six-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter and the council won’t even provide sandbags to help me out.

“The water runs right up to my door and they have done nothing.”

A spokesperson for Rossendale Council said that although it has permission to repair the problem, it must give the site’s developers the opportunity to fix it first.

The spokesperson added: “Our building control department is looking at it. Unfortunately the site appears to have been abandoned by the private contractors.

“If there is no response from the developer then we will serve them with a notice and get our own contractor to deal with it.

“We hope to have it resolved in the next month. This particular track is a key area, with the tip and school nearby it can be very busy.”

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8:45pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Bacupbloke says...

If this was the responsibility if the county council then Labour councillors would be making a lot of noise. What have all the local Labour councillors to say on the matter?
If this was the responsibility if the county council then Labour councillors would be making a lot of noise. What have all the local Labour councillors to say on the matter? Bacupbloke
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10:34pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Over It says...

The private contractors are apparently in jail - and in the meantime, people are left fighting to keep water from coming into their homes (4 times in the last few months) and to stay safe on a road used by children, cars and lorries coming down from the quarry. It's only a matter of time before there's an avoidable tragedy.
The private contractors are apparently in jail - and in the meantime, people are left fighting to keep water from coming into their homes (4 times in the last few months) and to stay safe on a road used by children, cars and lorries coming down from the quarry. It's only a matter of time before there's an avoidable tragedy. Over It
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7:11pm Wed 26 Sep 12

ianloveday says...

its about time they got this sorted, im sick of looking out of my window and seeing this mess
its about time they got this sorted, im sick of looking out of my window and seeing this mess ianloveday
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9:17am Thu 27 Sep 12

nolando says...

It was already freezing over in September? Bit on an exaggeration maybe. And 'It's only a matter of time before there's an avoidable tragedy.' Come on, isn't this a little over dramatic, ye it needs sorting but its not the end of the world!
It was already freezing over in September? Bit on an exaggeration maybe. And 'It's only a matter of time before there's an avoidable tragedy.' Come on, isn't this a little over dramatic, ye it needs sorting but its not the end of the world! nolando
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12:27pm Fri 28 Sep 12

mysay.com says...

Bacupbloke wrote:
If this was the responsibility if the county council then Labour councillors would be making a lot of noise. What have all the local Labour councillors to say on the matter?
highways IS actually the responsibility of the county council
[quote][p][bold]Bacupbloke[/bold] wrote: If this was the responsibility if the county council then Labour councillors would be making a lot of noise. What have all the local Labour councillors to say on the matter?[/p][/quote]highways IS actually the responsibility of the county council mysay.com
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1:32pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Over It says...

nolando wrote:
It was already freezing over in September? Bit on an exaggeration maybe. And 'It's only a matter of time before there's an avoidable tragedy.' Come on, isn't this a little over dramatic, ye it needs sorting but its not the end of the world!
It froze over last Saturday when there was a frost. That's fact, not exaggeration. Given that there has already been frost, and Winter is fast approaching, it's not overly dramatic. Perhaps you've forgotten that people slip on ice and get hurt? Or that a student died when she slipped on ice outside her school in Blackburn in January 2010? Hardly an exaggeration there either.
[quote][p][bold]nolando[/bold] wrote: It was already freezing over in September? Bit on an exaggeration maybe. And 'It's only a matter of time before there's an avoidable tragedy.' Come on, isn't this a little over dramatic, ye it needs sorting but its not the end of the world![/p][/quote]It froze over last Saturday when there was a frost. That's fact, not exaggeration. Given that there has already been frost, and Winter is fast approaching, it's not overly dramatic. Perhaps you've forgotten that people slip on ice and get hurt? Or that a student died when she slipped on ice outside her school in Blackburn in January 2010? Hardly an exaggeration there either. Over It
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4:01am Mon 1 Oct 12

nolando says...

You get ice everywhere in winter, just saying.
You get ice everywhere in winter, just saying. nolando
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4:01am Mon 1 Oct 12

nolando says...

You get ice everywhere in winter, just saying.
You get ice everywhere in winter, just saying. nolando
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6:17pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Over It says...

You also take measures to avoid it or minimise it where possible for safety.
You also take measures to avoid it or minimise it where possible for safety. Over It
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