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Homeowner rage as Manchester street remains shut seven months after devastating sinkhole


The sinkhole opened up on January 21, during Storm Christoph, swallowing two houses on Walmer Street. Nobody was injured, though some residents fled just before disaster struck.

A further two houses were later demolished in the street, situated in the suburb of Gorton.

Authorities evacuated another 13 properties, with residents frustrated they’ve been unable to return seven months on.

Manchester Council has approved £1 million to investigate the incident, and three other road collapses in the city.

United Utilities, which owns a sewer running under the street, claim their sewer wasn’t at fault and was also damaged by the sinkhole.

She claimed he said Manchester City Council have a “legal liability to re home and support you”.

Following the disaster Ms Lloyd was moved to another house nearby in Abbey Hey, which she described as “horrible”.

The pensioner called for more communication from the council, and expressed concern they “still just might pull the whole lot down [her old street].

Manchester City Council insist they are trying to reopen the street as soon as possible.

Cllr Tracey Rawlins, executive member for the environment, said: “The repair works to Walmer Street have proved to be more complex than anticipated and therefore the schedule to complete the works has taken longer than expected.

“We understand completely that this is very frustrating for residents who were evacuated when the road collapsed, and we want to get the road repaired and back to normal as quickly as possible.

“Our main priority must be the safety of our residents, so we can’t invite people to return to their homes until the work is finished.

“However, we are nearing the end of the works and we will write to residents again soon to let them know the final timescale for completion.”

United Utilities said they are “assisting” the council with its investigation.

They added: “At this stage it appears that the damage, including to our sewer, was caused by the sink hole rather than the other way around.”

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