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.