Urgent repairs needed to stop Colne road collapse

Twisted subsidence in the pavement on Spring Gardens Road in Colne. (S)

Twisted subsidence in the pavement on Spring Gardens Road in Colne. (S)

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A Colne councillor has called for urgent action to repair a crumbling riverside wall battered in the winter storms.

Liberal Democrat Coun. Tony Greaves has described the river wall which supports the road in the Waterside area of the town as “dangerous”.

Coun. Greaves says prolonged, heavy rainfall during two months of storms has caused torrents to cascade down Colne Water, locally known as The Beck.

These surges have further loosened an already disintegrating high wall, according to Coun. Greaves.

He said: “This wall is the retaining highways wall for Spring Gardens Road which has already been subject to subsidence and repairs along its edge overlooking the beck.

“The recent surges of water in the river appear to have caused further crumbling of this high wall, twisting of the pavement, and cracks in the carriageway.

“I am really worried that another two or three surges as we have seen already this winter could cause a catastrophic collapse of the road into the river, as we have seen happen elsewhere.”

According to Coun. Greaves, Pendle Council staff have been in contact with the Environment Agency, responsible for the river, and the Lancashire County Council highways department, urging them to act to ensure there is no further damage.

Coun. Greaves added that he was also concerned about the banking on the other side of the beck where the former Spring Gardens Mill was recently knocked down.

He said that the contractors were in the last stages of removing stone from the site and had demolished and removed part of the mill wall itself along the side of the river.

Coun. Greaves added: “I don’t know what will happen there when the next storm surge happens – it might cause a lot of material to be washed into the beck itself causing problems.”