Reporter flagged up pathway to success

Wes Darwin, of Griffin Close, Eccleston, at the footpath which has partly collapsed into Mill Brook
Wes Darwin, of Griffin Close, Eccleston, at the footpath which has partly collapsed into Mill Brook

A delighted resident has saluted the Reporter for flagging up concerns about a public footpath which had partially collapsed into a stream.

Wes Darwin says the path, off Griffin Close in Eccleston, has finally been fixed after part of it collapsed into the nearby Mill Brook stream last November.

He said: “Following the Reporter’s intervention, we had a meeting at Bobbies Lane and things finally started to move. Suddenly there were architects and builders on the scene and the work was quickly completed.

“We didn’t want to go to the lengths of contacting the Reporter about this but we’re glad we did now!”

In August, Mr Darwin told of his frustration that no solution to the problem had been found - despite reporting it to St Helens Council, United Utilities and the Environment Agency.

He said at the time: “When it was built, this footpath followed the stream towards Church Walk. It’s only short but everyone around here uses it. I know that the church and round table walks all tend to use it because it leads to the fields at the back.

“The bank of the stream must have been corroding for years and now it’s collapsed.”

Now though, cages full of stones have been used to help straighten the troublesome Mill Brook bend.

A spokeswoman for St Helens Council confirmed its officials had carried out the repairs, added: “Damage was found during a routine inspection and after discussions with united utilities we did the work.”

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