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A577 safety scheme campaign update

02.16.10 | Comment?

Here’s the text of my latest missive to residents at the accident-strewn Dickets Lane/Wigan Road junction, about which the county council are proposing to do not enough after years of campaigning to get this far.  I’m cross.

Dear resident

A577 road safety scheme campaign update

I am writing with a brief update on the A577 road safety scheme as it affects the particularly accident-strewn junction at Wigan Road/Dickets Lane and the length of road to the Westhead border.

First, thank you to those residents who kept me informed about yet another accident at the weekend.  All I can say at this stage is that it simply reinforces the need for proper safety measures at the junction.

Thanks also to all those residents who took time to respond to the recent ‘consultation’. I know that a number of people responded directly to the County Council, and I tried to reflect all of the view expressed to me in my own full response.

Like many residents who have received responses (largely the same form of words), I do not feel that the concerns that have been expressed have received a satisfactory response.  In particular, the refusal to countenance, on the grounds of cost, physical measures to slow traffic such as a mini-roundabout, are disappointing, to say the least. 

There will be a further opportunity to present a challenge to the scheme as it stands at present, and demand a further review of measures in keeping with the real safety needs at the junction.  This will be at the ‘Lancashire Local’ meeting to be held on 17 March 2010 at the council offices in Ormskirk.

I understand that the matter will be on the agenda, with a recommendation for approval of the scheme as it is presented.  I sit on this committee as one of the borough council representatives, and will certainly make my views known.  However, there is also an opportunity, in the ‘public speaker’ slot at 7pm before the main agenda at 7.30pm, for members of the public to have their say on any matter of their choosing (as it relates to council functions).   If residents would like to take this opportunity, I would be only too pleased to hear them speak and offer my support.  

It is perfectly possible simply to turn up on the night and raise a hand when asked by the chair for public contribution, but it is common as a courtesy to the chair to forewarn him of the subject matter you’d like to speak about.   Therefore if anyone does wish to take this opportunity (and it is not limited to one speaker), please do just let me know and I will inform the chair, as well as talking you through the process as required.

Yours sincerely

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