Churned up over lorries

Damage in Astley Village
Damage in Astley Village
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Villagers are getting churned up about workmen turning their neighbourhood into an eyesore.

Workers from Electricty North West have been carrying out work throughout Astley Village over the past few weeks investing more than £200,000 installing underground cables between Buckshaw Village and Botany Bay.

Coun Mark Perks

Coun Mark Perks

But Coun Mark Perks, who represents the village, says the workers are turning the area into an eyesore by blocking driveways and churning up grass verges.

He said the most of the problems centre on Deerfold and Chancery Road in the village. He said: “Electricity North West started work on one part of Deerfold, left it and moved onto a different bit. They are blocking driveways because of it and it isn’t good enough.

“A number of residents have complained to me about the matter.

“Lorries constantly park on grass verges on Chancery Road and cause damage.

“I think Chorley Council has been out four times but they can’t keep repairing things after them.”

A spokesperson for Electricity North West, apologised for the disruption.

“Ensuring our customers receive a reliable and efficient power supply now and for many years to come is our top priority,” the spokesman said. “But to do this we have to upgrade the network and install new improved underground cables.

“We fully appreciate how frustrating this can be for local residents and we apologise for any disruption caused.

“If anyone would like any further information they can contact us on 0800 195 4141.”

Frank Jamieson, senior highways engineer, said: “Our team will inspect Deerfold and Chancery Road as soon as possible. If there has been any damage to verges or any part of the highway, we will instruct the utility company to make any repairs to return the roads to the standard they were in before they did the work.”