The Tale Of The Crabtree Lane Telegraph Pole Cock-Up

While Crabtree Lane In Burscough is in the public eye today, we are reminded of the intent to replace a telegraph pole there by or on behalf of BT. And by a strange coincidence, in the same location, a telegraph pole was being replaced in June 2019.

But disaster struck, and the drain was penetrated by the pole, picture below!

Pictures were taken from inside the farmer’s field after he dug a huge hole to relieve the water which was damaging his crops at the time. LCC took pictures of the pole through the 12” pipe, but after a number of requests, chose not to share it!

So then it transpired that LCC had a cunning plan to stop the gully filling with dirty water, they make the gully higher than the road so that water has to run uphill. 

Genius!!

Our intrepid resident thought this cock-up should not be a burden on taxpayers and he wrote to LCC “You may recall I wrote to you regarding the telegraph pole which had been put through the rain on Crabtree Lane last year. My enquiry was relating to who pays for all the work carried out by Lancashire County Council. You had not completed your negotiation with the company responsible at that time and felt details should not be disclosed. May I now enquire as to the full costs incurred by LCC and whether they have been billed to the company concerned ensuring the taxpayers of Lancashire are not paying any part of the costs”.

Our story ends with “LCC claim to have paid for this work despite the fact the problem was caused by a service provider, (most probably BT or Openreach). I am struggling to find the proof this is being paid for by the company responsible rather than the Public. What sort of accountancy is this”,

It’s jobsworth accountancy!

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