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At last a pledge to repair "dangerous" Halesowen pavement
11:44am Thursday 2nd August 2012 in News
SEVERN Trent has pledged to repair a section of Halesowen pavement damaged by a collapsed sewer after complaints from a councillor and residents.
Councillor Jill Nicholls said Dudley Council and a host of residents had called the utility company numerous times asking it to repair the sewer pipes and section of footpath in Alexandra Road, near its junction with Sunbury Road. They were angry that the situation had been left for around eight weeks.
Cllr Nicholls said: “It’s very dangerous because people are having to go into a busy road with pushchairs and wheelchairs to get round it.
“The barriers are being thrown around at night which could cause an accident. And residents are also upset because it starts to smell when the weather gets hotter.
“I’m disappointed at the response from Severn Trent. I would have thought they would have taken people’s health and safety concerns seriously.”
A Severn Trent spokesman said: “During investigations into some external sewer flooding at the beginning of July, we discovered a damaged sewer pipe on Alexandra Road.
“While this damaged pipe wasn’t linked to the sewer flooding, we have carried out further investigations, including putting a camera down into the sewer to check for blockages, and we now need to carry out the repairs, which will be completed in the next week.
“We would like to apologise to any residents affected by the barriers while we’ve been carrying out our investigations.”