Path reopens after repair work finished

Coun Graham Gooch inspects repair work to the wall of Longton Brook in Hutton
Coun Graham Gooch inspects repair work to the wall of Longton Brook in Hutton
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A “dangerous” brook wall on a countryside footpath has finally been repaired, two years after campaigns first started.

The wall, made of stone slabs, protected a path from a 10 foot drop into water and ran along a right of way at Longton Brook, Hutton.

It had been leaning for years, but had collapsed after storms in April 2013 and was washed away.

The drop danger forced the closure of the link between Hutton and Longton, but there were fears that some local youngsters were continuing to cut through the site.

Following public concern and two years of pressure from County Councillor Graham Gooch, money was found by Lancashire County Council to complete the work.

Coun Gooch said: “The project has taken a long time but it has now been completed and the path is open again.

“I have received support from officers at LCC but it has taken a long time because it has been complicated.

“It was a large project and money had to be found; there were engineering problems and difficulties in getting access to the site for heavy equipment.

“The work was eventually carried out in appalling weather just before Christmas - great credit to the workmen.

“The new bank has been done very attractively in natural stone and looks good.”

Steve Williams, senior public rights of way officer for Lancashire County Council, said: “We reinstated the brook wall using natural stone. It wasn’t an easy site to work on, especially for getting equipment and supplies to the site.

“We’re pleased with how the finished work has turned out.

“It was a popular route before we had to close it for safety reasons, and we’re pleased that it has now been reopened for people to use.”