Labour MP Bill Esterson gets assurances that work will finally g

Bill Esterson MP with the sign which suggests work is underway.

Lydiate's Labour MP Bill Esterson has asked the Canal and River Trust to repair the steps at Pillings Lane in Lydiate.

This follows months of delay where residents have repeatedly been told that the work would be carried out. 

Residents had been assured that the work would be done and asked their local MP to intervene when the fence, which is supposed to stop people using the steps because they are dangerous, was torn down and signs suggesting that work was under way were thrown to one side.

Bill Esterson said: "I have asked the Canal and River Trust for help as the work has been delayed for far too long. 

"The steps are in a dangerous condition and it is clear to any one who walks along the canal or who uses Pilling Lane that action in needed before someone is hurt. 

"The Trust had put up a fence to stop people using the steps but they had also put up a sign saying that the work was under way. The fence has been ripped apart and the sign thrown to one side and it really is a matter of urgency that the work is carried out. 

“The Canal and River Trust have told us what they will do in October, but we have written to them urgently urging them to repair the fence, as it is currently very dangerous.

"I would stress to residents and to visitors that the steps are not safe and people really should not be using them. However, given how easily the fence and sign were removed, it is vital that the work is done before someone is hurt."

Bill added: "The Champion was told that work was under way. This appears to have been premature, which is why I and members of the Labour Action Team in Lydiate will be keeping a close eye on matters now to make sure the work is carried out as soon as possible."



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