Police monitoring Bacup-Weir accident 'blackspot'

Police monitoring Bacup-Weir accident 'blackspot'

Police monitoring Bacup-Weir accident 'blackspot'

First published in News

POLICE are carrying out a monthly road watch programme on a ‘notoriously dangerous’ route after receiving complaints from a school, residents and councillors.

Burnley Road running between Weir and Bacup has become known as an accident blackspot after several drivers and pedestrians have died or suffered serious injuries in crashes along the stretch in recent years.

Most recently, a driver was taken to hospital with chest injuries following a collision at the junction with Plantation View on May 14.

In April, a 45-year-old man was left fighting for his life after his car crashed into a wall then hit a parked car and a van on the road.

Officers from Rossendale Neighbourhood Policing Team positioned on the road near Northern Primary School for two hours this week monitored 670 vehicles travelling on the road.

Two of the motorists were caught speeding, and three drivers were not wearing seatbelts.

PCSO Chris Hamer, of Rossendale Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It doesn’t sound like many but there would be a lot more if we weren’t stood there.

“We’ve had a lot of complaints from the school, parents, residents and councillors who are concerned, and we can understand why with the number of crashes on the road.

“Speeding is illegal and dangerous.

“The main problem is when people come from the 50mph and 40mph zones and into the 30mph one.

“The roads are very narrow, and there is a sharp bend.”

Jane Simpson, headteacher of Northern Primary School, said: “Any help we get is much appreciated, but we would like something more permanent putting in place.”

Ward Coun Jimmy Eaton said: “I’m very glad the police have started to respond to the speeding problem in the area.

“I would like the speed limit bringing down to 20mph, not only for the school, but for the residents in the village.

“Crashes happen at all times of the day and night and we could do with more traffic calming measures there.”

Matthew Hargreaves, Lancashire County Council senior traffic engineer for Rossendale, said: "We're working with the police to respond to people's concerns about speeding on Burnley Road and have installed a permanent interactive sign, as well as a site for one of the mobile signs which we circulate between locations.”

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1:38pm Mon 30 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

ROADS ARE NOT DANGEROUS. They do not flick you into walls or other cars. IT'S DRIVERS WHO COULDN'T CARE LESS OR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T DRIVE PROPERLY. OR PEDESTRIANS WHO CROSS ROADS WITHOUT LOOKING.
The only excuse is if the road is covered in 3 inches of ice or covered in oil!
ROADS ARE NOT DANGEROUS. They do not flick you into walls or other cars. IT'S DRIVERS WHO COULDN'T CARE LESS OR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T DRIVE PROPERLY. OR PEDESTRIANS WHO CROSS ROADS WITHOUT LOOKING. The only excuse is if the road is covered in 3 inches of ice or covered in oil! vicn1956
  • Score: 4

3:01pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Hacked off too says...

Plantation View is Burnley Road it has just got two names. There is no 'junction'.
Plantation View is Burnley Road it has just got two names. There is no 'junction'. Hacked off too
  • Score: 2

10:13am Wed 2 Jul 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Do you have the power to stop a motorist PCSA Hamer? ---- The answer is NO!

Therefore any enforcement by you is illegal and futile.
Do you have the power to stop a motorist PCSA Hamer? ---- The answer is NO! Therefore any enforcement by you is illegal and futile. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 1

11:12am Wed 2 Jul 14

Da11ey says...

As a resident of Burnley Road I've had my car written off by another driver when it was parked and the speed people drive past our house (30 mph limit road) is incredible - often they're doing well over 60mph.

The problem is the road feels like it should be national speed limit from Weir and then as soon as you get to Broadclough before Bacup the road becomes very congested and windy and people have to brake hard to deal with it. The biggest concern is Northern Primary School is right between Weir and Bacup and this is where they're speeding - if something's not done a child's going to be the next death. There's also a proposal to build a huge residential dementia unit just off Burnley Road near the primary school and this is going to make the traffic problems even worse. The road needs slowing down, there needs to be more signs saying 30mph and probably some traffic islands put in to make people slow down (especially near the school which would help the kids cross the road).
As a resident of Burnley Road I've had my car written off by another driver when it was parked and the speed people drive past our house (30 mph limit road) is incredible - often they're doing well over 60mph. The problem is the road feels like it should be national speed limit from Weir and then as soon as you get to Broadclough before Bacup the road becomes very congested and windy and people have to brake hard to deal with it. The biggest concern is Northern Primary School is right between Weir and Bacup and this is where they're speeding - if something's not done a child's going to be the next death. There's also a proposal to build a huge residential dementia unit just off Burnley Road near the primary school and this is going to make the traffic problems even worse. The road needs slowing down, there needs to be more signs saying 30mph and probably some traffic islands put in to make people slow down (especially near the school which would help the kids cross the road). Da11ey
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Wed 2 Jul 14

pdb951 says...

The parents want try walking to school instead of double parking
The parents want try walking to school instead of double parking pdb951
  • Score: 1

6:37pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Diogenes The Cynic says...

HelmshoreBoy wrote:
Do you have the power to stop a motorist PCSA Hamer? ---- The answer is NO!

Therefore any enforcement by you is illegal and futile.
Yes a PCSO does have the power to stop a vehicle... Paragraph 13 of Schedule 4 to the Police Reform Act 2002 provides "Power to carry out a road check which has been authorised by a superintendent (or a police officer of higher rank) and power to stop vehicles for the purposes of carrying out a road check"

If i had kids at the nearby school I'd be very happy that the police are taking action to address this accident blackspot.
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreBoy[/bold] wrote: Do you have the power to stop a motorist PCSA Hamer? ---- The answer is NO! Therefore any enforcement by you is illegal and futile.[/p][/quote]Yes a PCSO does have the power to stop a vehicle... Paragraph 13 of Schedule 4 to the Police Reform Act 2002 provides "Power to carry out a road check which has been authorised by a superintendent (or a police officer of higher rank) and power to stop vehicles for the purposes of carrying out a road check" If i had kids at the nearby school I'd be very happy that the police are taking action to address this accident blackspot. Diogenes The Cynic
  • Score: 0

2:34am Thu 10 Jul 14

stekebabman says...

Diogenes The Cynic wrote:
HelmshoreBoy wrote:
Do you have the power to stop a motorist PCSA Hamer? ---- The answer is NO!

Therefore any enforcement by you is illegal and futile.Yes a PCSO does have the power to stop a vehicle... Paragraph 13 of Schedule 4 to the Police Reform Act 2002 provides "Power to carry out a road check which has been authorised by a superintendent (or a police officer of higher rank) and power to stop vehicles for the purposes of carrying out a road checkDiogenes The Cynic .....

So,if I'm understanding this correctly,a PCSO can ONLY stop you,'IF' this has been authorised by a Superintendent or higher ranking?
And I'm presuming the PCSO must request this information via walkie talkie/mobile phone each time this is required ?? (Which in our beloved valley you cannot get reception on the 'Big 3' networks in certain parts of Rossendale)
I can just imagine the chaos/comedy that would ensue if this were the case!
Be like 'You just stay there and wait a moment,I must ring my boss and see if I'm allowed to tell you off',please don't go anywhere though,but if you do I can't do much about it really'
If you're going to put a member of the public in hi-visibility jacket AND expect them to do the duties of a policeman/woman at least let them have the same powers!
It's a complete joke as it stands,and majority of criminals know this!
[quote][p][bold]Diogenes The Cynic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelmshoreBoy[/bold] wrote: Do you have the power to stop a motorist PCSA Hamer? ---- The answer is NO! Therefore any enforcement by you is illegal and futile.[/p][/quote]Yes a PCSO does have the power to stop a vehicle... Paragraph 13 of Schedule 4 to the Police Reform Act 2002 provides "Power to carry out a road check which has been authorised by a superintendent (or a police officer of higher rank) and power to stop vehicles for the purposes of carrying out a road checkDiogenes The Cynic ..... So,if I'm understanding this correctly,a PCSO can ONLY stop you,'IF' this has been authorised by a Superintendent or higher ranking? And I'm presuming the PCSO must request this information via walkie talkie/mobile phone each time this is required ?? (Which in our beloved valley you cannot get reception on the 'Big 3' networks in certain parts of Rossendale) I can just imagine the chaos/comedy that would ensue if this were the case! Be like 'You just stay there and wait a moment,I must ring my boss and see if I'm allowed to tell you off',please don't go anywhere though,but if you do I can't do much about it really' If you're going to put a member of the public in hi-visibility jacket AND expect them to do the duties of a policeman/woman at least let them have the same powers! It's a complete joke as it stands,and majority of criminals know this! stekebabman
  • Score: 0

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