VILLAGERS have hit out at highway chiefs after repairing potholes on a street and a week later the road was dug up for waterworks.

Spendmore Lane in Coppull was closed since March 26 as United Utilities carry out work from the junction of Regent Street to Lancaster Street and re-opened on April 6.

It was causing “chaos” for elderly people getting through the village by bus and also they were concerned about the diversion affecting the emergency services.

But Sylvia Moss, of Pear Tree Avenue, believes it is ‘ludicrous’ to see that Lancashire County Council carried out work on six potholes on the road yet a week later it was being dug up by the utilities firm.

She said: “It is laughable that the county council who know about all roadworks that they repair the road and don’t realise a week later it will be dug up again.

“It is like they don’t communicate and think that it was a waste of money.”

Sylvia added: “I don’t know why they could have done it in the nights.

Chorley MP Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle said: “The issue of potholes is a horrendous situation in Lancashire.

“Surely this is a waste of resources and the county council should be putting others in Coppull as a priority”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “When we’re carrying out planned highway maintenance on a larger scale, such as resurfacing, we coordinate this with work being carried out by other organisations as far as possible.

“At the same time we have to carry out running repairs to defects such as potholes as soon we reasonably can to fulfil our duty to provide a safe highway, even if other planned work is due to take place soon afterwards.”