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Council urged to take urgent action on flooded playing fields


THREE Labour election hopefuls have joined residents of Woolston in calling on Warrington Borough Council to take urgent action to tackle flooding issues on the playing fields on Hillock Lane.
More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition asking the council to move swiftly.
The fields – which are home to Woolston Rovers and other local sports teams – have suffered from flooding over the past six months, leading to many residents to nickname the site “the Woolston Lake”.
The petition can be signed at:
The three Labour candidates for the May council elections at Rixton and Woolston are Chris Vobe, Andrew Hill and Pat Wright.
In a joint statement they said: “The playing fields at Hillock Lane are a huge asset to our local community, well used by residents and sports teams alike.
“The flooding issue is now becoming a real concern for people in Woolston. It has simply gone on for too long, which is why we need urgent intervention by the borough council. We can see the strength of feeling by the sheer number of signatures on a petition that has begun to circulate online.
“We have written to the chief executive to ask for a report to be commissioned on the causes, and possible remedies. It may be that drainage works need to be commissioned.
“The council has not been as prompt as we would expect in addressing this matter, which is why we have spoken again with senior officers to expedite this.
“We are committed to finding a solution as soon as possible and want to reassure residents that we won’t let the matter rest until the drainage issues have been properly investigated and a solution found.”


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