A BLOCK of tarmac is causing a stir in a busy high street.
At the beginning of August, Electricity North West dug up some of the pavement in Gerard Street as part of a £430,000 reinforcement project to install new underground cables to ensure local residents and businesses receive a reliable power supply to their homes.
But as engineers have reinstated the path, outside the Red Lion pub, they have filled the hole with tarmac, leaving a gap between the paving.
A spokesman for Electricity North West said it plans to repave the path the way it was originally but is waiting for consent from the owner as it is on private land.
It is hoped the work will be completed soon.
She said: “We’ve done a temporary reinstatement and we’re just waiting for consent as some of the work we need to do is on private land.
“Once we have that consent we’ll finish the work and fully reinstate the pavement as it was and we have the original pavement stones to carry out the work.”
Electricity North West also repaired a fault on a underground electricity cable near a bus stop further along Gerard Street recently and reinstated the paving as it was on public land.
But Philip Danher, of Violet Street, Ashton, regularly walks through the town centre and is dismayed by the “ugly” mess left by the firm,
The 70-year-old former pipe fitter, who has nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, said: “It is an absolute disgrace.
“Electricity North West should put it back the way it is.
“The council must have spent thousands of pounds on doing the paving many years ago and now it is ruined.
“It is an ugly mess. I have rung Wigan Council to complain and I was told it would be passed on, but nothing has been done about it.
“I just hope that it can be put right soon.
“I don’t believe their excuse as whoever gave them permission to do the work should have told them to replace it as it was. Who in their right minds would let it go back in that state?
“It is certainly ugly - it looks horrible. This happened in my street as engineers ripped up the cobbles and put tarmac on it. It looks like a patchwork quilt. Now it appears to be happening in the town centre.”