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Gordon calls for clear timetable from United Utilities over handling of Blackpool water problems

Gordon has hit out at the "snail pace and lack of a clear timetable for return to normal" of United Utilities handling of the water bug incident affecting Blackpool and the Fylde as well as other parts of Lancashire.Gordon_Head_Pic.jpg

He said: “I know people and organisations across Lancashire and the Fylde have been patient and understanding of the need to ensure this cryptosporidium bug poses no threat to health before normal water service is resumed.

“But I and my office have been trying for days to get a firm timetable out of United Utilities for removal of the boiling restrictions and it’s crucial we have one now.

“United Utilities response to dealing with this has been snail’s pace and unclear why are they only now installing the UV rigs they say are necessary in addition to flushing out the network to return us to normal ?

“Blackpool and the Fylde coast generally has a large number of care homes, holiday businesses, hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, whose operations have been made much more difficult, costly and time consuming as well as hospitals and individual consumers, including the elderly and vulnerable of which we have above average numbers.

“In the next 10 days with schools returning and the Illuminations switch on heralding a peak visitor period that pressure and challenge will increase.

“United Utilities' senior management need to pull the stops out NOW. I will be speaking to their Chief Executive tomorrow when we need to see a stepping up of action and a clear sooner than later removal of restrictions spelled out. Blackpool and the Fylde because of the special factors as I’ve mentioned here and to United Utilities already, need to be prioritised in that programme.

“It’s also down to Blackpool Council and others across Lancashire to step up their pressure urgently and demand forcefully a proper deal for their residents and businesses who are still waiting for the timetabled action I’m calling for.”

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