Great Harwood councillor criticises highways chiefs at 30mph zone

Lancashire Telegraph: IT’S THE LIMIT Coun Lynn Wilson with the chairman of Great Harwood Regeneration Group John Duckworth, in Clinkham Road and the 30mph sign IT’S THE LIMIT Coun Lynn Wilson with the chairman of Great Harwood Regeneration Group John Duckworth, in Clinkham Road and the 30mph sign

A COUNCILLOR has criticised highways chiefs after a 30mph speed limit was advertised on a tiny cobbled lane.

Great Harwood borough councillor Lynn Wilson is representing residents who are fed up with Clinkham Road being used as a rat run by speeding motorists and HGVs.

Coun Wilson has been calling for the stretch to be closed off, warning signs erected and for a reduced speed limit to be inposed which is more appropriate to its size.

However she says highways chiefs so far have turned her down due to cost concerns.

Coun Wilson said she was astonished to see that Lancashire County Council had spent cash advertising a 30mph speed limit with a newly erected sign.

The route, which is favoured by sat navs as a short cut between Edge End Road and Blackburn Old Road, has caused a number of problems for residents.

Even small cars struggle to navigate past each other and have to use farmers’ gates to allow oncoming traffic to pass.

HGVs and double decker buses have frequently become stuck in the lane after following internet and sat nav directions.

Coun Wilson, who lives in Edge End Road, said: “It is really just a footpath but attracts droves of sat nav users who are expecting to get to the destination faster than it is possible to go on this lane.

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“There have been lots of complaints about damaged garden walls, pots and steps because the road just isn’t suitable.

“Ideally it would form part of the new 20mph limits being brought in. I would also want to see the road closed at one end as it is unsuitable as a throughfare.”

Oliver Starkey, the council’s highways manager for Hyndburn, said: “We're aware of the concerns raised by the local councillor over Clinkham Road and are looking into the situation at the moment.

“The 30mph sign has been put up to signal the end of the 20mph area on the adjoining estate and the sign is a requirement of the change of speed limit”.

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11:16am Wed 11 Jan 12

clickhere says...

If Mr Starkey had been paying attention when the extent of the 20mph area was being planned, he would have seen that extending the 20 limit to the junction of Clinkham Lane and Blackburn Old Road would have been a sensible 'no cost' improvement to some of the difficulties outlined by Cllr Wilson.
Perhaps if there had been some form of public consultation about the 20 limits, someone with local knowledge would have been happy to assist the professionals to a sensible outcome.
If Mr Starkey had been paying attention when the extent of the 20mph area was being planned, he would have seen that extending the 20 limit to the junction of Clinkham Lane and Blackburn Old Road would have been a sensible 'no cost' improvement to some of the difficulties outlined by Cllr Wilson. Perhaps if there had been some form of public consultation about the 20 limits, someone with local knowledge would have been happy to assist the professionals to a sensible outcome. clickhere

11:53am Wed 11 Jan 12

Coeur de Lion says...

A 30mph sign is a maximum speed not a minimum or advisory speed limit, just use your head.
A 30mph sign is a maximum speed not a minimum or advisory speed limit, just use your head. Coeur de Lion

3:31pm Wed 11 Jan 12

harrythehamster says...

using common sense. it's the future but it's also Great Harwood. Slight contradiction in terms me thinks?
using common sense. it's the future but it's also Great Harwood. Slight contradiction in terms me thinks? harrythehamster

5:06pm Wed 11 Jan 12

Coeur de Lion says...

harrythehamster wrote:
using common sense. it's the future but it's also Great Harwood. Slight contradiction in terms me thinks?
Fair comment.
[quote][p][bold]harrythehamster[/bold] wrote: using common sense. it's the future but it's also Great Harwood. Slight contradiction in terms me thinks?[/p][/quote]Fair comment. Coeur de Lion

9:16pm Sun 15 Jan 12

Happylad73 says...

I use this lane every day as I live very local to it, infact my property backs onto it. i certainly do not want it closed, if you drive carefully it is completely safe to use and any one 'speeding' up it will lose their suspension. As for damaged garden walls etc, i don't think so as there are no houses (apart from a farm house) on the lane. Any bus's or trucks that get stuck is their own fault as they should have purchased the correct type of sat nav....
I use this lane every day as I live very local to it, infact my property backs onto it. i certainly do not want it closed, if you drive carefully it is completely safe to use and any one 'speeding' up it will lose their suspension. As for damaged garden walls etc, i don't think so as there are no houses (apart from a farm house) on the lane. Any bus's or trucks that get stuck is their own fault as they should have purchased the correct type of sat nav.... Happylad73

1:20pm Mon 16 Jan 12

Black Car Guy. says...

I have seen the odd 20MPH sign which is lobsided. There is a sign across from the Tavern pub which leads to a car park. How can you go more than 20 on that?
I have seen the odd 20MPH sign which is lobsided. There is a sign across from the Tavern pub which leads to a car park. How can you go more than 20 on that? Black Car Guy.

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