Friday, August 27th, 2010
A local post office in Waverton is feeling the pinch after a road had to be closed due to a sewer collapse.
The first problems noted on Moor Lane in Waverton included sinking tarmac, but eventually the problem worsened until the highways department had to close the road and cordon off the area. The sinking was investigated and found to be a collapsed sewer.
The local post office has seen custom halve since the road closure. And it is estimated that the work needed to complete the sewer repair will take another two weeks.
Sharon Senior, who owns the post office stated:
“We couldn’t believe it. On the Friday when the road was closed it was just dead, and it has been dead all week. We are really struggling now because people aren’t driving past and are just going elsewhere.
“Our business usually drops during the holidays, but this year it had been quite steady, but this is crippling us.”
Sharon first made the council aware of the problem over a week ago but it has taken until now to find the cause of the problem.
A United Utilities spokesperson stated:
“We have established that work will need to be undertaken at two points on the road, one outside the post office and another further down the road. The work is expected to be completed in two weeks. We do obviously sympathise with the owners of the post office. We will do our upmost to get the work done as quickly as possible. It is expected to last two weeks.”