Mud swamp fury

Residents claim that workmen have left broken paving slabs, bricks buried in the grass and mud all over the pavements
Residents claim that workmen have left broken paving slabs, bricks buried in the grass and mud all over the pavements
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RESIDENTS in a Wigan street have been left swamped in mud following gas pipe replacement work outside their homes.

Engineers from the National Grid performed central gas mains replacement work in Howard Street, Pemberton, last month.

To get to the pipes, they dug up part of the grass verges and removed the paved edging.

But now the area is full of mud and brickwork and residents living in the street are upset about the amount of mess and destruction leading to their homes.

Some of the paved flags are also damaged, causing a dip in the surface.

Anne Cunliffe, 74, said: “The National Grid engineers have removed the edging on the grass verge and after they have dug everything up, the soil and brickwork is showing and it looks a mess.

“The mud is just running off the area because there is no edging and there is a pool of water where there is a dip.

“It is really bad and we feel upset about it.”

Neighbour Elsie Simpson, 88, said: “I have lived here since 1953 and it has never been like this before.

“I struggle to get to and from my house because of the mess.”

The residents enlisted the help of ward councillor Jeanette Prescott, who got in contact with Wigan and Leigh Housing about what could be done.

She said: “Ideally we want National Grid to put back the edging which they removed and I want to see the flags repaired which is causing the dip.

“In the next financial year, Wigan and Leigh Housing has agreed to allow us funding for the large grassed area, which I will match using my Brighter Borough money.”

A spokesman from National Grid said that engineers will be back to re-sow the grass seeds.

She said: “We finished the work and put the surface back.

“But because the weather has not been that good, we have not been back to sow the grass verges. In the next week or two, if the weather improves, we will be back to sort the verges and pavement out.

“This time of year is not the best to sow grass. We have not forgotten about the residents and we will go back and sort it.”