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Cumbrian town's main street dug up again

Part of Cockermouth’s Main Street is being dug up again following a sewer collapse – just weeks after the road was resurfaced following extensive work.

Cockermouth road closed photo
Traders have been contending with months of disruption on Main Street

The road outside Hunter’s Bar was dug up on Wednesday after problems at Hunter’s, The Brown Cow and the North Lakes Clinic.

Hunter’s manager Sharon Varty said: “The toilets have been blocked on and off for the past five weeks.

“We spoke to the site manager for the works outside. The pavement was dug up outside us and The Brown Cow two weeks ago and we were told it was fixed. Then, the week before the bank holiday weekend, the toilets were blocked again. Someone from United Utilities had a camera down and they said there was rubble in the sewerage pipe under the road.”

Sharon said it had been a struggle during the busy bank holiday, with bar staff having to unblock the toilets every six or seven flushes.

She added: “It’s a joke. The roadworks problems are never-ending.

“One day they’re laying the road, then it’s being dug up again.”

Shirley Pitman, business co-ordinator at the North Lakes Clinic, which provides complementary therapies, was pleased to see workers dealing with the problem, after struggling with slow-draining water and unpleasant smells.

She said: “We thought we had a block and had been going around manholes trying to find the source.

“We then discovered it was nothing to do with us.

“I know it will be better in the end but the noise of the digging has kept our clients away, it’s so loud.”

Town dentist Meredyth Bell has voiced concern about the impact of impending roadworks on her patients. Her practice in Market Place treats about 600 patients with special needs. These patients are either dropped off by taxi or rely on using disabled parking spaces in car parks at Bitterbeck and Riverside.

Mrs Bell is concerned that remedial work due to start in Market Place will lead to access problems.

She said: “I’m hoping they can do it in sections, and maintain access, rather than close the whole thing.

“If the car parks cannot be accessed then it will penalise those very vulnerable patients who need close parking to the practice.”

She has asked town solicitors Waugh and Musgrave to investigate the legality of the situation.

Town centre manager Joe Broomfield said: “The intention is to keep things open as much as possible. The work will not be on the same scale as Main Street.

“At some point they will need to close the road but disruption should be kept to a minimum.”

A county council spokesman said: “At present we cannot say when the works will start nor their duration. We will keep businesses fully informed and will do everything we can to minimise any disruption.”

Have your say

Hello, Dave and M Dunne.

I wonder where you live,and if you have been troubled by the work going on in Cockermouth.

I doubt it.

Posted by A Cockermouth resident on 1 September 2014 at 20:39

My sympathies are with the people and businesses of Cockermouth which must have been adversely affected all the disruption for so much of the year. I sincerely hope it is all finished soon and they can look forward to a busy autumn and winter.

Posted by a cumbrian on 1 September 2014 at 20:38

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