Residents lament lack of council action on Barlick path

Barnoldswick residents Charlotte Lindsay, her daughter Emily, Dennis Hannakin, Linda Waterworth and Roger Slate are fed up with a lack of action from Pendle Council on a back street behind Calf Hall Road.
Barnoldswick residents Charlotte Lindsay, her daughter Emily, Dennis Hannakin, Linda Waterworth and Roger Slate are fed up with a lack of action from Pendle Council on a back street behind Calf Hall Road.

A group of Barnoldswick residents have said they are fed up with the lack of Pendle Council action to repair a damaged footpath behind their houses.

Householders in Calf Hall Road say the footpath at the rear of the row was damaged by a Pendle Council bin wagon a few years ago.

One resident, Dennis Hannakin, who has a disabled wife and adult learner son, believes Pendle Council set a precedent when they initially repaired the footpath immediately to the rear of his house.

But that repaired section was damaged again by the bin wagon which goes up and down the back street from Parrock Street.

Mr Hannakin says the loosened Yorkstone flags behind his house have since been stolen by thieves.

The footpath is between the houses and an unadopted road which is well used as a short cut by Barlickers to connect from one end of Calf Hall Road on to Parrock Street and into the town centre.

Linda Waterhouse and her husband, who live in the affected row in Calf Hall Road, were also left with broken stonework.

She said: “I was told by Pendle Council if anybody tripped up on the flags I would be responsible.”

Mrs Waterhouse added that the couple started leaving their bins on top of the broken stone to negate the risk of this happening.

But then they received a warning notice saying if they continued leaving bins out they could get a £200 fine.

Another resident, Roger Slate, has done his own repairs as he was tired of the mess.

Mr Slate said: “The thing is, I’m not looking for compensation. A lot of people walk up and down here and we don’t want to be liable for damage caused if they trip and fall.

“There’s also a water main under here. It (the vehicle) disturbed that and I ended up with a leak. It was leaking until Yorkshire Water sorted it out.”

Another neighbour has not been able to access her garage since she moved into the house due to the heavy stone slabs being propped up against the garage door.

An elderly man who lives in the row, who has not got good sight, has also expressed frustration. He says he fears tripping up on the flags returning from his garage and garden across the back street.

Philip Mousdale, Pendle Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, said: “This backstreet is unadopted and responsibility for its maintenance lies with the people who live in the houses alongside it.

“Such streets – and there are many in Pendle - were not originally designed for large vehicles but over the years all kinds of vehicles have used them not just our refuse wagons.”

“In this case, purely as a goodwill gesture, we are looking into the cost of repair and other steps which could be taken and will discuss these with the residents affected.”