Road blasted in safety row

Danger: Councillors are worried the new access road to the site will have no path when it is upgraded
Danger: Councillors are worried the new access road to the site will have no path when it is upgraded
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A housing development has been given the green light despite claims its access road is “an accident waiting to happen.”

Members of Preston’s planning committee agreed to grant an application for 12 town houses on land next to the canal basin in Tulketh Brow even though there would be no footpaths on part of the highway leading up to it.

The committee heard county council road experts had looked at the scheme and raised no objections or alarms.

Coun Carl Crompton said: “I am very concerned that the county have allowed this to happen. People walking down will have to walk in the road because the pavement only comes down so far. Just because the county council says it is pkay doesn’t mean to say it is.”

Coun Margaret McManus added: “Can’t we send this back to the County Council and tell them of our concerns? It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

And Coun Terry Cartwright declared: “I find it unbelievable. For it to have no footpath is really dangerous and it beggars belief they (LCC) are allowing it.

“If one child or adult gets knocked down because there is not pavement for a length of this road then it will be one too many. It is ridiculous.”

The meeting was told a 20-metre section of the road leading up to the three proposed blocks of town houses on the side of the Lancaster Canal and basin would not have a pavement because the carriageway was too narrow.

There were also concerns that the plan also included moving the entrance to the site a few yards down Tulketh Brow to connect with a mini-roundabout at its junction with Waterloo Road.

Coun Crompton felt the roundabout was already a “pinchpoint” in Tulketh Brow and would be even more so when the canalside houses were built and traffic also increased due to future building developments up in Cottam.

But, after hearing from council officers that the plan had been approved by the county highways authority, Coun Javed Iqbal said: “The county council are the experts and they have no concerns. Their officers have no problems with this and I don’t think we can delay it any longer.”