Four Week Long Leak

Junction of Railway Road, Bury Lane, Norcross Brow in Withnell where water has been coming up through the road for four weeks
Junction of Railway Road, Bury Lane, Norcross Brow in Withnell where water has been coming up through the road for four weeks

Leaking water has been pumping out of the road in a Chorley village - for more than four weeks.

Urgent action has been demanded on the pipe leak which has lead to fears the road might even collapse.

The junction of Railway Road, Bury Lane and Norcross Brow, in Withnell, has been turned into a stream.

Ward councillor Alison Hansford said she had reported the incident on four occasions since July 9.

She said the length of time it was taking to fix it was “unacceptable”.

One nearby employee, Keith Bennett, who works for James Donaldson Timber, North East Avenue, Brinscall, said he had been driving past the leak for a month. Mr Bennett, 57, of Hoghton, stormed: “It’s bubbling out of the road. This has gone on for four weeks. I’ve been driving past it every morning at 7am. It’s a disgrace. If we did that with our hose pipes we’d be in serious trouble.”

Coun Hansford said: “I’m concerned the road may collapse because it’s been going that long. The last time I reported it was Thursday, August 1. I expected things to be repaired within a maximum of 30 days.”

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “If it’s reported as a water leak, it’s something we would pass on to United Utilities.”

A spokesman for United Utilities said: “We’re sorry this repair has not happened faster. We are currently looking into what has caused the delay.”