Crash worry for residents

Photo: David Hurst'Michael and Val Woods of Liverpool Road, Penwortham with Councillor David Howarth and the telecommunications boxes that are giving them problems getting off their driveway.

Photo: David Hurst'Michael and Val Woods of Liverpool Road, Penwortham with Councillor David Howarth and the telecommunications boxes that are giving them problems getting off their driveway.

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A couple who say they haven’t been able to safely get off their drive for two years have spoken about their “nightmare”.

Michael and Val Woods of Liverpool Road, Penwortham, said that since a 30ft phone mast was installed beside their property along with large cabins, they have been forced to pull out dangerously into the busy road, and have had near misses with cyclists.

Mrs Woods said: “Nobody wanted the mast in the first place, but we came home one day and it was outside our house with these three boxes. They were installed on the grass verges, so if I pull forward out of the drive I can’t see anything coming round the bend, you have to pull right out into the cycle lane.”

Over the past two years the couple and local Councillor David Howarth have spoken to various telecoms companies linked to the mast about the problem, but have been frustrated by a lack of action.

Lancashire County Council’s Highways team have also been called into inspect, and have told companies they are also unhappy with the siting.

Recently, a replacement mast was erected and four new cabins were installed further back off the road, making the original boxes obsolete.

Mrs Woods said: “Now we’ve got seven boxes there and the original ones aren’t used, but we’re still not getting anywhere.

“It’s a nightmare, and I wonder whether they’re waiting till something terrible happens before they are removed.”

After being approached by the Evening Post, Ilana Clark of Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd, said: “We are aware that the cabins on Liverpool Road, Penwortham are blocking the view of the road for some local residents.”

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Preston said officers will continue to keep a check on the situation.