A councillor in Westhoughton is calling for action to fix a broken lamppost.

Cllr David Wilkinson said residents in Pewfist have been left in darkness for some time after the lamppost broke weeks back.

Bolton Council said it had taken action to make the street lamp safe as it was in a dangerous condition, but added the lamp was the responsibility of the housing association.

He said: "I always thought that Bolton Council was slow, but here on the Pewfist, this is a street light.

"It's run by Onward and has been broken for a year and to say the least, some of the excuses Onward have put forward for trying to put a broken concrete lamp standard back together, are bizarre to say the least.

"I've again chased Onward, the lamp post needs digging out and a fresh one putting back, it's as simple as that."

Cllr Wilkinson said the broken lamp post has been an issue for residents on the Pewfist, because they have been left in darkness.

He said: "Residents have concerns about the lighting due to the dark where they park and the fact this broken column is there lying on the ground.

"I’m asking for this issue to be resolved."

A spokesperson for Bolton Council said the housing association has been informed about the broken streetlight.

They said: "The lamppost is not owned by the council but was made safe by our street lighting team last week because it was in a dangerous condition. 

“The housing association responsible have been informed.

"A number of lampposts in the Pewfist area are privately owned.”

A spokesperson for Onward said: “We are aware of the damaged lamppost on our Pewfist estate and are looking to address this as quickly as possible.

"Repairing the damage will require specialist support from outside our existing supply chain.

"We will be working with local partners including Bolton Council, to source the necessary materials and contractors to fix this problem. 

"We have contacted Cllr Wilkinson directly and will keep him informed of our progress with this repair.”