Labour MP Bill Esterson gets written assurances that work will t

Labour MP Bill Esterson at the site of the steps from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Pilling Lane in Lydiate.


Lydiate's Labour MP Bill Esterson has had written assurances from the Canal and River Trust  that they will make repairs to Pilling Lane canal steps by no later than December.

Bill contacted the trust following months of delay where residents were repeatedly 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.

In a written resonse to Bill's request for urgent action, Canal and Rivers Trust said: 

"As outlined in our conversation [the steps and access at Pilling Lane on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal], the issue requires major works to be undertaken. Funding has now been sourced and these works are currently planned to be completed in October to December 2013. The repair works will include the bridge, canal wash walls and steps."

Bill Esterson said action needed to be taken to make the steps safe.
Bill said: "I 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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