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  • Mystery blockage has council contractors baffled

    Ollie Cowan

    A MYSTERY blockage which council contractors have been unable to shift is driving residents mad.

    A faulty drainage system on Kensington Road in Southport means that every time it rains part of the carriageway becomes flooded with stagnant water that simply wont drain away.

    The problem appears to relate to a mysterious yet stubborn blockage that, despite the best efforts of council contractors, simply can’t be shifted.

    Now, a new third party contractor has been asked to take a look at the site and see what can be done.

    One Kensington Road resident, who did not want to be named, complained to the Champion, stating: “We’re all fed up of it and the puddle just gets bigger and bigger.

    “It wont drain away and there are times when it smells foul.

    “It’s definitely down to a blocked drain and it’s been that way since November.”

    “The water overflows and is several inches deep. It builds up near to the junction with Hall Street and the council has sent several inspectors out but nothing has fixed it.”

    A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “Despite a number of attempts our cleaning contractor has been unable to clear the blockage.

    “We have instructed a separate contractor to further investigate the issue and complete the necessary repair works - this should be done within the next 28 working days.”

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