Lydiate Labour Action Team gets assurances that safety fencing a

Lydiate Labour Action Team’s June Burns is raising concerns about the steps from the canal to Pilling Lane in Lydiate.


Lydiate Labour Action Team has received assurances that from the Canal and River Trust that they more regularly maintain safety fencing around dangerous steps on the canal - despite the fencing being targeted by reckless vandals.

Labour Action Team's June Burns and MP Bill Esterson have already received written assurances from the trust that they will make repairs to the canal steps at Pilling Lane by no later than December.

But safety fencing blocking access to the dangerous steps keeps being vandalised, torn down and removed, leaving the dangerous steps exposed to unsuspecting walkers.

Lydiate Labour Action Team contacted the Canal and River Trust to raise concerns about the fencing.

This week, the trust confirmed that they would ensure that the fencing at the site is "replaced and checked more regularly".

June said the trust needed to make sure that the safety fencing was securely in place to ensure people's safety.

June said: "The Labour Action Team has contacted the Canal and River Trust over the issue of the Pilling Lane canal steps on a number of occasions.

"They have confirmed that they will make more regular site visits to ensure the fencing is in place and unsuspecting ramblers making their way along the canal don't try and use the dangerous steps.

"People need to be made aware of the dangers of the steps before the repairs are made and I would urge those people who are moving the fencing to bare in mind the dangers they are creating."

June said the Labour Action Team has had confirmation that the repair works will be completed by December.

June said: "The Labour Action Team and Bill Esterson have asked the Canal and River Trust for urgent action 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 is needed before someone is hurt.

"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.

"News from a couple of months back that the work was under way was clearly 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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