MP demands United Utilities compensate Huyton flood victims

A Merseyside MP has called on United Utilities to pay immediate compensation to residents affected by a water mains burst in Huyton on Monday.

Scores of homes and businesses around Lincomb Road and Liverpool Road were evacuated after the pipe burst, creating a 40ft (12m) plume of water.

Knowsley Labour MP George Howarth has tabled a Commons motion demanding "up-front" payments to fund repairs.

He said United Utilities was "unfit" to oversee North West water supplies.

'Notes with disgust'

Mr Howarth has also called on the government to investigate the firm, saying that he believed it was the third time that homes had been flooded and the fifth burst in the area in recent years.

The motion, signed by fellow Merseyside Labour MPs Steve Rotheram, Dave Watts and Joe Benton, stated: "This House notes with disgust the latest burst water main at Liverpool Road, Huyton.

"It calls on United Utilities to arrange up-front compensation for the speedy reinstatement of residents' home contents and repairs, and further calls on the government to carry out an urgent investigation into United Utilities' unfitness to have responsibility for water supplies."

A spokeswoman for United Utilities, which has apologised for the burst, said: "We contacted MP George Howarth straight away yesterday to tell him about the incident and to explain how we would be offering residents every support both with the clean-up and with compensation.

"We have also asked him for a meeting to discuss the issue further."

United Utilities carried out a £7m water main refurbishment in the area in 2009.

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