‘Danger’ wall along Lancashire brook finally set to be repaired

LOCATION: Coun Graham Gooch with the brook wall

LOCATION: Coun Graham Gooch with the brook wall

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A “DANGEROUS” brook wall on a popular countryside footpath is finally to be repaired, two years after campaigns started.

The wall, protecting a path from a 10 foot drop into water, runs along a right of way at Longton Brook, Hutton, but collapsed after storms.

The drop danger forced the closure of a popular link between Hutton and Longton. Following pressure from Coun Graham Gooch, money has been found to carry out the work.

Coun Gooch said: “The old masonry wall was made of stone slabs and had been leaning for years. Then when we had storms in April 2013 it eventually collapsed and washed away.

“Since I’ve been elected two years ago it’s been a problem and a closure order was made on the footpath which ran beside it, but people don’t take any notice.

“It’s very much a well-used path and is the main way home for a lot of lads who go to school at Hutton Grammar and live in Longton.

“But it has been dangerous, and I’ve been fighting for some money to be made available to get the wall sorted out rather than to redirect the footpath.

“The problem is it’s a very awkward job and there has been no money in the capital budget for work like this on a public right of way.”

David Goode, public rights of way manager for Lancashire County Council, said: “We’re pleased that we’ve now been able to identify funding from our budget to pay for repairs.

“We don’t yet know the full extent of what needs to be done as our engineers need to investigate the site and make an assessment, however we’ll look to reconstruct or replace the failed retaining wall which supports the footpath as may be needed.”