Plans to have cars mounting kerb in Pendle ‘would make it safer’

Plans to have cars mounting kerb in Pendle ‘would make it safer’

Plans to have cars mounting kerb in Pendle ‘would make it safer’

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A PLANNED housing development behind a church has been rejected by Pendle councillors, who criticised advice from County Hall highways officers.

In the planning report for the seven-house scheme behind St Michael’s Church, in Skipton Road, Foulridge, Lancashire County Council’s highways department said vehicles would have to mount the kerb when accessing the development through Burwains Avenue – but this would improve safety along the small cul-de-sac.

A number of residents in neighbouring Burwains Avenue and Alma Avenue spoke out against the plans at the Colne Area Committee meeting.

In the report, LCC’s highways advice said: “The carriageway along Burwains Avenue is narrow and as pointed out by the local residents, cars travelling on this road are unable to pass without one of them mounting the verge/footway.

“This type of highway environment has the effect of slowing down traffic and forcing drivers to drive with caution.

“This behaviour tends to enhance rather than adversely affect highway safety.”

But councillors voted to reject the scheme on highways grounds as they felt access to the development through Burwains Avenue wasn’t suitable.

Coun Joe Cooney said: “The advice from highways doesn’t make any sense. How can a car mounting the kerb make it safer?”

Coun Graham Waugh added: “This is going to make a bad situation even worse.”

Rita Stevenson, a resident of Burwains Avenue, said: “It doesn’t say how many people will live there.

“The development will include seven four-bedroom detached houses. It could be another 43 people and a possible 18 cars.

“With current residents this could be 103 people and 62 cars using one route down Alma Avenue to Burwains.

“Burwains is a cul-de-sac which is narrow and crowded and unsuitable for this development.”

Rachel Crompton, developer support manager for Lancashire County Council, said: “Our highways advice on this planning application should not be interpreted as being that we regard it as safe for people to drive on the pavement.

“Our advice was that the existing situation is much less than ideal with drivers being forced to drive with caution as a result of the very narrow carriageway which means cars typically can’t pass without having to slow down or stop and pull on to the pavement.

“As a result, we asked that a condition be applied for the developer to pay for improvements to Burwains Avenue and Alma Avenue to provide a number of passing places, and that if these works were not carried out we would object on grounds of safety.”

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1:39pm Tue 10 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

The headline does not tally with what the Lancashire Highways spokesperson said-??????????????
The headline does not tally with what the Lancashire Highways spokesperson said-?????????????? vicn1956
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4:34pm Tue 10 Jun 14

kateash says...

Is this the same lancs county council who wants to build a bypass in the Foulridge area without doing proper traffic studies first and also who tried to push through a consultation on the bypass without anyone noticing? Enough said !
Is this the same lancs county council who wants to build a bypass in the Foulridge area without doing proper traffic studies first and also who tried to push through a consultation on the bypass without anyone noticing? Enough said ! kateash
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Tue 10 Jun 14

It's a spade! says...

Driving along a footway contravenes the Road Traffic Act and is therefore an offence.
Driving along a footway contravenes the Road Traffic Act and is therefore an offence. It's a spade!
  • Score: 4

9:59pm Tue 10 Jun 14

charmed-one says...

This is the same Highways department who first objected to a Clitheroe development on highways grounds, then retracted it at the last minute - the Govt Inspector at appeal, stated that the junction to be accessed by these new houses, actually "transgresses the serious criteria in the Planning Framework..." - so quite obviously, they either don't have a clue about highways issues...or brown envelopes are being used!
This is the same Highways department who first objected to a Clitheroe development on highways grounds, then retracted it at the last minute - the Govt Inspector at appeal, stated that the junction to be accessed by these new houses, actually "transgresses the serious criteria in the Planning Framework..." - so quite obviously, they either don't have a clue about highways issues...or brown envelopes are being used! charmed-one
  • Score: 2

8:08am Tue 24 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

Get a new job?
Well I do not believe what they say here have you
MRS Rachel Crompton had a young person killed?
Because of a cars parking on the flags the kid had to go
Into the road to pass them and got run over I HAVE
This is a silly thing to say.
And I hope you put a statement out to retract what
Is said here above it is really stupid on your part
And very irresponsible do you not think?
Like this man is telling you?
Coun Joe Cooney said:
The advice from highways doesn't make any sense.
How can a car mounting the kerb make it safer?
Get a new job? Well I do not believe what they say here have you MRS Rachel Crompton had a young person killed? Because of a cars parking on the flags the kid had to go Into the road to pass them and got run over I HAVE This is a silly thing to say. And I hope you put a statement out to retract what Is said here above it is really stupid on your part And very irresponsible do you not think? Like this man is telling you? Coun Joe Cooney said: The advice from highways doesn't make any sense. How can a car mounting the kerb make it safer? jenkinsroy
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8:24am Tue 24 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

HANG ON HERE HANG ON HERE
WHAT HAPPEN TO THE GOVERNMENT
GUIDELINES ON HOUSE BUILDING
THEM IN GOVERNMENT SAY WE MUST
BUILD 1---2 BEDROOM PROPERTIES
TO DOWNSIZE INTO FROM 3 BEDROOM
HOME THIS WAS SAID IN THE HOUSE
OF COMMONS THE OVER DAY?
SO WHY ARE YOU BUILDING ?
“The development will include seven four-bedroom detached houses. It could be another 43 people and a possible 18 cars?
HANG ON HERE HANG ON HERE WHAT HAPPEN TO THE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES ON HOUSE BUILDING THEM IN GOVERNMENT SAY WE MUST BUILD 1---2 BEDROOM PROPERTIES TO DOWNSIZE INTO FROM 3 BEDROOM HOME THIS WAS SAID IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS THE OVER DAY? SO WHY ARE YOU BUILDING ? “The development will include seven four-bedroom detached houses. It could be another 43 people and a possible 18 cars? jenkinsroy
  • Score: 1

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