MESS left behind by contractors installing fibre internet infrastructure has frustrated residents.

FibreNation's work on a multi-million pound project to bring full-fibre connectivity to Bolton has angered some residents, who have been cleaning up mess caused by the installation.

People have complained about broken flagstones, messy tarmac, and white dust stains left on pavements across the borough.

Residents of Brindley Close have seen their communal gardens ruined by machinery, with sad-looking strips of replacement grass laid to cover the damage.

Ted Ridings, who lives in the area, said it was like a repeat of similar work carried out in the 90s.

He said: "It reminds me of the time Ninex dug up the pavement – they're doing the same thing again

"I got onto the company and they said they've done all they're required to do with repairs but this is just a mess.

"I was out on Tuesday power washing the pavements and the drive and they've just left dirty white stains from the cement everywhere, and it's really hard to get off.

"It's not just me, it's all over the area that they've worked on so far. It's a nightmare for everybody."

Work on Plodder Lane left more residents angry, as flagstones were taken up and replaced with tarmac.

The work has left similar white marks on the pavement, with multiple days of sweeping doing little to ease the colouring.

Mr Ridings added: "They're just not cleaning up after themselves. When I complained they said that their obligation is to give 12 months for it to regenerate – that grass isn't going to be regrown in that time.

"We had three weeks of them working here and now we've been left with this. It's blooming ridiculous."

The multi-million pound project across the borough has begun in Farnworth.

A spokesman for FibreNation said: “As our engineers work to bring full-fibre connectivity to Bolton, we are mindful that these works may cause some disruption to residents and we would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result.

"We are doing all we can to minimise the impact of this work, ensuring the correct procedures are followed, and we are working closely with local authorities regarding the current build schedule.

“As we move into the so-called “new normal”, we believe it is more important than ever that towns have the correct infrastructure in place for residents to continue with their day-to-day lives, which may require working from home more regularly and a significant move in the direction of technology, e.g. face-to-face interactions replaced with electronic ones.”

Any problems can be reported to the Careline Team by calling 0800 542 8073 and pressing five.