Residents’ joy as leaking pipe is to be repaired

John Higham at the hole in the road in Poke Street, Pemberton, which has been there since March
John Higham at the hole in the road in Poke Street, Pemberton, which has been there since March
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A COLLAPSED road which has caused dismay for local residents is finally being repaired.

Earlier this month, the Evening Post reported that John Higham, 76, was concerned about a mysterious hole outside his home in Poke Street, Pemberton.

It had appeared in March and a running pipe caused the hole to fill with water.

Engineers from United Utilities visited the site but were unable to establish the source of the water.

But following a thorough investigation, engineers discovered the problem was caused by a leaking private service pipe which led to the old scout hut.

Although the pipe did not belong to United Utilities, engineers are now fixing the leak as a “goodwill gesture.”

A spokesman said: “We are going to repair it as a goodwill gesture because it is causing problems for residents in the area.

“It is not part of our network, as it is a private pipe, which is not unusual.

“We are doing what we can to fix it. Engineers will fit a new stop-tap outside on the private pipe.”

Residents were delighted to hear the problem would soon be fixed, but were a little sceptical.

Mr Higham said: “I am pleased it is going to be fixed, but the water is still running. It has been very frosty, but the water is not frozen.

A spokesman for United Utilities confirmed that repair work has begun.