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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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County allays pipeline fears

NORTHUMBERLAND County Council has allayed concerns over a mains water supply in Hexhamshire.

The pipelines were installed in 2011 along Lightside Road to White Hall – but concerns have been raised that no authority has yet taken responsibility for them.

Claire Pinches, whose home has been connected to the pipes, said a lack of legal documentation left land owners liable for any damage that could occur to the pipes.

“Northumbrian Water has been involved but has never adopted the pipes,” she said. “If anything happened no-one has any legal responsibility to fix it.

“People in certain positions want to be able to sell their properties, but this will cause them problems.

“It is a complete and utter mess.”

However, the county council has now confirmed that the legal process whereby the pipes will be adopted by Northumbrian Water is currently proceeding.

A spokesman said the delay was due to the ’Shire work being run alongside a similar scheme in East Heddon and the adoption process could not be started until both schemes were complete.

The spokesman added that, until the adoption process is complete, the pipes are the responsibility of the county council, and residents with any issues should contact them.

The work, designed by Northumbrian Water and carried out by GB Building Solutions, began in November 2010.