Residents’ plea to fix crumbling footpath

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 CONCERNED resident says there’s little sign of progress in fixing a public footpath which has partially collapsed into a stream.

Wes Darwin says the footpath, off Griffin Close in Eccleston, collapsed into the nearby Mill Brook stream in November last year.

But, despite reporting the matter to St Helens Council, United Utilities and the Environment Agency, a solution is yet to be found.

He said: “This has been going on for nearly a year now. When it was built, the 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. It’s even taken the corner post from one of my neighbour’s houses.

“Now, when we get heavy rain, the area is more prone to flooding too.”

Mr Darwin and his neighbours have arranged a meeting at Bobbies Lane at 6pm on August 15 to discuss their concerns - and have invited local councillor Teresa Sims to attend.

A spokeswoman for St Helens Council said: “We are aware of the problem and have cordoned it off with plastic fencing so nobody can get through as it is unsafe. We have also reported it to United Utilities and the Environment Agency.”

A United Utilities spokesman said: “So far, our investigations are strongly indicating the collapse was not caused by our sewer, but that the brook has swept away the footpath and taken our pipe with it. The sewers in this area are structurally in very good working order.”