West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has made headway in resolving residents’’ concerns over foul smell and the collapsed wall on Grove Road, Upholland.

Residents have contacted MP Rosie frustrated with the appearance since the wall has fallen, their further safety concerns and the impact on highways due to the barriers around the debris.

MP Rosie wrote to local agencies including Lancashire County Council who are monitoring the integrity of the wall on a regular basis, but who have no authority to carry out any repairs without the owner’s consent.

It now appears following information from Wigan Council that Upholland Parish Council could be the responsible owners.

Lancashire County Council have also inspected and cleaned the gullies, with the inspections showing that the drain is attached to United Utilities infrastructure, which explains the smell. LCC have accepted that they can change the design of the gully as the current structure is old, but the earliest for any start will be April 2019.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The collapse of the wall is impacting on the highway and causing safety concerns for drivers, as well as pedestrians with the integrity of the remaining wall in question.

“Records of who the responsible landowner and authority is appear to be difficult to come by, but the latest suggest that responsibility will fall to Upholland Parish Council.

“I will continue to monitor the situation and push for swift remedial and clearance works to be carried out on the wall for the safety of residents and drivers.

“Residents have also complained about the foul smell emitting locally and LCC have inspected the drains and agreed to consider changing the design of the gully.”

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