Fears that a Penwortham bypass could create a string of environmental problems have been revealed in a new report.
A Lancashire County Council ‘scoping document’ shows that a road cutting across green fields at Howick, running at the rear of houses in Lindle Lane and coming out at the roundabout in Broad Oak Lane, Penwortham, would cause the loss of farming land and playing fields, noise problems, would adversely affect wildlife habitats and would alter the character of the area.
However, the report also states that road safety would be improved, and journeys would be quicker and public transport more reliable. Campaigners for the bypass have questioned why the road, known as the ‘brown route’, is now preferred over the ‘blue route’ through New Longton and Whitestake, which had been favoured for 30 years.
David Bennett, of the Penwortham Bypass Action Group, said members still preferred the blue route, but added: “We welcome the fact that things are starting to move and more assessments are being take. But we want to know who decided to change the route from blue to brown?”
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