The Bickerstaffe Record

April 07 Bickerstaffe Record (election supplement)

Crash number 51 confirms safety fears

07.23.07 | Comment?

Pictured below is the scene on Sunday 22 April at the

Dickets Lane/Wigan Road

junction, the date of what one long suffering resident of this group of houses calculates to be the 51st such accident in the last 20 years on the dangerous bend in

South Lathom. 


Fortunately, there have not yet been any fatalities, but as the picture shows this is a question of luck more than anything else.  The resident whose wall was hit this time around had been gardening just the day before within feet of the where the car ended up, and residents have expressed their concern about using the pavement area at all given the crash frequency. 

The good news of course, as reported in the last edition of the Bickerstaffe, is that the efforts of South Lathom Residents’ Association and the

West Lancashire Road

issues Group (chaired by Paul Cotterill), to get a full safety audit of the junction area, have now been successful.  This will take place in the next year and will, we anticipate, lead to a much safer junction. 

When alerted by a resident to this latest accident Paul took the opportunity to ask that the police attending the scene make a specific note of the accident frequency, and the similarity in many of them. This is with a view to making sure the audit, and remedial action, takes place as soon as possible within the year. 

Paul’s ‘glossy’ election leaflet has focused on how the local Labour party is committed to a cleaner,  safer

West Lancs. 

We hope this article, and others in this late election edition might persuade people that this ‘political’ leaflet is not just empty rhetoric.  If Paul is elected councillor on Thursday 03 May, he’ll do what he says he’s going to do. 

The Bickerstaffe Record will bring more news on this and the other raft of safety campaigns in future editions.  The campaigns will include ALL roads in Bickerstaffe Ward where residents feel unsafe, moving on from those where we have already had success.


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