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Francis Crick statue foundations turn into ‘swimming pool’ in Northampton

Water has filled the foundations of an area being prepared for the arrival of the Crick statue in Northampton.

Water has filled the foundations of an area being prepared for the arrival of the Crick statue in Northampton.

A pool of water gathered in the hole dug for the Francis Crick statue in Abington Street, Northampton, was not the result of a burst main the borough council says.

This morning shoppers noticed a dug-up section of pavement outside the Marks & Spencer store had filled with water, with many taking to social media to say the site looked like a ‘swimming pool’.

Workers have been on site there over the past week digging foundations for the 25ft tall Francis Crick statue to be placed, after it was recently moved from further along the street to make way for works to de-pedestrianise the area.

The borough council says contractors did not ‘cause’ the water leak however.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “We have been advised by the contractors that the water that has gathered has not been caused by the work taking place and is likely to be from a leak that has been there for some time.

“Anglian Water has been informed and will deal with this appropriately.”

The spokesperson added: “Work to reopen Abington Street to traffic is set to finish in November and the sculpture will be moved as soon as this issue is resolved.”

 

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