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Anger over 'completely unacceptable' state of subway under M66 left underwater and piled with rubbish

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Feb. 17, 2020

The cut-through in Bury has become clogged up with litter and surface water
Residents say rising piles of rubbish and pools of rain water are making this subway, which acts as a key cut-through, virtually unwalkable.
The subway runs underneath the M66 and links the two sides of the Ferngrove estate, acting as a quick and easy shortcut.
In the wake of Storm Ciara , the subway was badly flooded and although the levels of surface water are slowly subsiding, people have started using the area to flytip, making walking through it a very unappealing prospect.
Moorside councillor Sandra Walmsley took to social media to slam the subway, branding the state it has been left in as "completely unacceptable".
She tweeted: "The subways under the M66 linking both sides of Ferngrove are in a completely unacceptable state.
"We’ve asked for urgent action to clean it up. If you have any issues where you live, email me: Sandra.walmsley@bury.gov.uk."
The litter left in the subway includes full bin bags, as well as loose rubbish from milk bottles to beer cans.
The Labour councillor believes that the problem with flytipping has become worse since a bin on the estate 'went missing'.
She added: "Lots of litter seems to have appeared. There was a bin across the road from the subway but the bin has gone. If there's no facility there then people will just chuck it on the floor. I have asked for a replacement bin.
"It has also been reported to the street cleaning team in the council. Hopefully it will be sorted this week."
Coun Walmsley said flooding is a long-standing issue and has asked for a drainage solution to be found.
"The subways are susceptible to flooding when there's heavy rain because water flows down from the motorway bridge," she said.
"It makes it difficult for people to get from one side of the estate to the other.
"It flooded last weekend during Storm Ciara but it is nowhere near as bad as it was.
"The council clean the gullies but there's only so much they can do. The Environment Agency have been contacted several times about drainage measures.
"It just needs a good clean up, a new bin, and we need the Environment Agency to take some action about drainage solutions."
The Environment Agency told the MEN that because the issue with the subway is surface water and not a watercourse, it is the responsibility of Bury Council rather than themselves.
Bury Council have been contacted for comment.
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