Action against speed

Accident on Monday 11 July''A collision involved a car and a motorcycle and occurred around 3.40pm outside Birkacre nursery at the junction of Birkacre Road and Coppull New Road.
Accident on Monday 11 July''A collision involved a car and a motorcycle and occurred around 3.40pm outside Birkacre nursery at the junction of Birkacre Road and Coppull New Road.
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Residents of a Chorley village have taken matters into their own hands to tackle problems with speeding.

People living in Coppull say the death of an 81-year-old man in an accident on Birkacre Road earlier this month has highlighted the whole issue of road safety.

Although there is nothing to suggest the accident which killed John Haydock was the result of speeding, villagers are demanding action.

Now, more than 100 people have signed a petition calling on Lancashire County Council to introduce traffic-calming measures in the area.

John McMorrin, 65, of Jolly Tar Lane, said: “The speed some people travel at is absolutely ridiculous.

“We’ve seen all sorts of incidents here, from an upside down car, smashed garden gates, and a telegraph pole being knocked down. A cat was killed last week as well.”

He has launched a petition with the help of a local councillor and has even offered to use a mobile speed camera himself to catch any culprits.

“It’s time something was done,” he said. “I’d happily sit outside my house with a camera.”

Coun Matthew Crow is also spreading news of the campaign around Coppull.

He said: “Residents have reached boiling point about this issue. Many people have come to me about their worries, and everyone we managed to speak to has signed the petition. Some have volunteered to set up mobile cameras themselves; that’s how keen they are to the cause.

“I think the accident on Birkacre Road has triggered this reaction, but it is a long-running concern in Coppull.”

Shaun Capper, assistant director of environmental at Lancashire County Council, added: “The council is currently working on plans to introduce 20mph speed limits on all residential roads by 2013.

“This will reduce road deaths and injuries in the county. The residential section of Birkacre Road will be included in this project.”