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Bickerstaffe highways matters – quick update

01.13.09 | 2 Comments

I thought it might just be useful, in advance of the next Bickerstaffe Record newsletter, to do a straight copy and paste of a ’round up and hassle’ letter to Lancashire County Council Highways on several Bickerstaffe highways matters.  It’s below. I’ll cover HGV enforcement issues separately as this is dealt with separately at the County Council.

‘Dear

First, thanks for your time at the Hall Lane site meeting, which was useful for information even if it did not provide the ready solutions I wanted on maintenance.  I have a few other issues for you (and your team) which I’ll set out as briefly as I can.

1) I’m glad to see the announcement of £400,000 in extra resources allocated to schemes in West Lancashire for this financial year.  Can you confirm that the much delayed A577 safety scheme is on the list for this financial year, and when detailed consultation with residents will start? 

2) Can you also confirm whether this additional cash can be used to FINALLY review and implement the even more delayed 30mph zone through Bickerstaffe (Liverpool Road, Hall Lane past the school) which remains a top priority for me given the promises we have had previously and which I have passed on to residents.  You know well how strongly I feel about this matter, in particular the fact that promsies made have been broken, and I want to see the issue sorted out as soon as possible.

3) Can you also confirm the timetable for the review of other roads where we believe a lower speed limit is warranted, inlcuding Skelmersdale Road/Liverpool Road to the Skelmersdale boundary, Spa Lane, Firswood Road (narrowness etc), Lyelake Lane (extension of 40mph), Long Lane (sharp bends leading to previous accidents), and Hall Lane (Simonswood, further to your own witnessing of a speeding car at our recent site meeting to review maintenaance issues etc).

4) I’ve been asked by Bickerstaffe C of E Primary School to mae further representations in respect of signage to the school, about which it has already made proposals to you.  As you know, the school is somewhat ‘tucked away’ in the village, and good signage is vital to the long term viabiliy of the school, which has missed out on essential pupil recruitment, the staff and governors believe, simply because people do not know where it is.  This is, fundamentally, an equity issue, as other schools in the area do have their own signage. I would be grateful for a further reivew of your objection to see what can be done.

5) I have had a couple of resident complaints about the state of Graveyard Lane in Bickerstaffe.  While in general people do not object to a bit of mud in trural areas, Graveyard Lane is very very muddy, and very very manure-y, sufficient I think to be hazardous especially when it is frozen.  It is used more than you might expect because of stabling at one of the farms as well as a through route.  Would you investigate, deal with and report back?

6) Can you update on the plans for extra drainage in Sineacre Lane , which has been subject to flooding (this may need to be passed on, I realise, to the area Surveyor).  In addition, I made a request for a review of drainage on Croppers Lane, and action on this seems to have gone quiet.  Would you chase/forward this one for me as well.

7) As you know, I’m keen to see gritting improved in the area, not least on Stopgate Lane because of the HGVs.  Would you ensure that my views are put forward on this when the gritting plan is revised.  Stopgate Lane is, frankly, dangerous when it’s icy, and gritting IS needed.

Best regards
Paul Cotterill
Councillor for Bickerstaffe Ward’

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