'Dangerous' 112-year-old holes in Waterfoot to be repaired

'Dangerous' 112-year-old holes in Waterfoot to be repaired

'Dangerous' 112-year-old holes in Waterfoot to be repaired

First published in News

TWO gaping holes which appeared next to a road in Waterfoot are finally set to be repaired after 112 years.

The ‘dangerous eyesore’ in The Glen, on the land adjoining Glen Terrace, was created following an accident with a boiler in February 1902.

The boiler was being moved by two engines when the bridge over the River Irwell collapsed under the 22-tonne weight, leaving it at a 45-degree angle, while one of the engines transporting it sank to the bottom.

A similar accident occurred in 1934, when a heavy motor lorry turned in front of Glen Terrace and sank into the ground.

Then in 1997, a car fell through the bridge and the resulting hole has still not been repaired.

Now, calls from Rossendale MP Jake Berry have prompted the Environment Agency into pledging £25,000 for the demolition of the bridge, providing another body agrees to pay for fixing it.

Mr Berry said he was contacted 12 months ago by concerned residents of Glen Terrace, and has since been campaigning to have it fixed.

He said: “I’m really pleased that the Environment Agency has stepped in to help resolve what has been a very long and drawn-out issue for everyone in the Glen.

“I hope now that this dangerous eyesore can be made safe again.”

When concerned residents made calls for the gaping cavities to be fixed in 2006, Lancashire County Council, which is in charge of highways in the Valley, said the land was not its responsibility.

A County Hall spokesman said at the time that the land was privately owned, adding that the council had installed barriers to prevent pedestrians walking on the unsafe area.

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7:15pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ianloveday says...

its about bloody time
its about bloody time ianloveday
  • Score: 6

7:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Box Pool says...

I think the headline is a bit premature. Exactly who is going to put up the other £25k? Not LCC I hope as it isn't their land. Unfortunately nothing will come of this.
I think the headline is a bit premature. Exactly who is going to put up the other £25k? Not LCC I hope as it isn't their land. Unfortunately nothing will come of this. Box Pool
  • Score: 4

8:05pm Fri 14 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Well it's a start. How long will it take to fill in the other 10 million potholes i wonder. Probably more than 112 yrs looking at the state of the roads in Lancashire.
Well it's a start. How long will it take to fill in the other 10 million potholes i wonder. Probably more than 112 yrs looking at the state of the roads in Lancashire. shytalk
  • Score: 2

9:25pm Fri 14 Feb 14

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Why are we paying for repairs to a private bridge ?
Why are we paying for repairs to a private bridge ? disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: -2

8:17am Sat 15 Feb 14

Primus622 says...

they'd be better off letting the ground settle first...
they'd be better off letting the ground settle first... Primus622
  • Score: 2

11:40am Sat 15 Feb 14

A Darener says...

Not exactly a priority! Why not fill some potholes in first.
Not exactly a priority! Why not fill some potholes in first. A Darener
  • Score: -1

1:12pm Sat 15 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

It's worse than Jarndyce vs Jarndyce.
It's worse than Jarndyce vs Jarndyce. vicn1956
  • Score: 4

6:14pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Just an observer says...

After 112 years, they are still looking into it.
After 112 years, they are still looking into it. Just an observer
  • Score: 2

12:54am Sun 16 Feb 14

her from here says...

112 years is a bit of a exaggeration this bridge is dangerous how nobody has been injured or killed I don't know. It's at the side of a busy main road The council have put harris fencing around it that always looks like it's ready to fall over.
112 years is a bit of a exaggeration this bridge is dangerous how nobody has been injured or killed I don't know. It's at the side of a busy main road The council have put harris fencing around it that always looks like it's ready to fall over. her from here
  • Score: 2

8:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

They need an all expenses paid trip to California to see how they do it.
They need an all expenses paid trip to California to see how they do it. vicn1956
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Fri 28 Feb 14

billy32 says...

Surely whoever owns the "bridge" should either pay for the repair or make the area safe. I have a fence around my garden and i would not expect the taxpayers to repair if it should become unsafe. And if it has been unsafe for so long the council should put an enforcement order for the owner of the land to make it safe.
Surely whoever owns the "bridge" should either pay for the repair or make the area safe. I have a fence around my garden and i would not expect the taxpayers to repair if it should become unsafe. And if it has been unsafe for so long the council should put an enforcement order for the owner of the land to make it safe. billy32
  • Score: 0

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