Road saga could be at an end

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Owners of a converted barn damaged in a fatal traffic incident say work has been completed to allow a road to reopen.

South Ribble Council secured a court order in May requiring the owner of a house on Longmeanygate to make the building safe, allowing the road to be used for the first time since the incident in May last year.

Preston Magistrate’s Court imposed a deadline of Friday July 25 for the owners to complete the work.

Solicitors acting on behalf of the householders say the work has been carried out, now council engineers are waiting for confirmation of when they can access the property to ensure that it is structurally sound and in compliance with the court order.

South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing, Coun Cliff Hughes, said: “Our engineers have been out to the site and it’s clear that some work has been done, although the majority of the action required to make the building structurally sound was internal. We’re now very keen to be allowed to enter the property to ensure it complies with the court order, and we are working with the owners and their solicitors about arranging this as a matter of urgency.”

Coun Hughes added: “If the building is structurally sound, we could then move forward with Lancashire County Council to finally get the road open again after more than a year of disruption, finally bringing to an end this frustrating and complicated saga.”