DANGER: Chorley roundabout is an accident waiting to happen

SIGHT ISSUE: Councillor Ralph Snape and resident Donald Brindle at the roundabout
SIGHT ISSUE: Councillor Ralph Snape and resident Donald Brindle at the roundabout

A roundabout is a serious accident waiting to happen, it has been claimed.

Complaints have been made about the Yarrow Valley Way/Copperwood Way roundabout, near the Ackhurst Business Park, Chorley.

When you’re on the Nissan and Tesco side at the roundabout looking up towards Coppull, you can’t see cars coming.

Mr Brindle

Pensioner Donald Brindle says he is taking his life in his hands at times when he attempts to cross the road next to the roundabout because its height prevents him from seeing approaching vehicles.

Mr Brindle, 77, of Lindsay Drive, Chorley, said: “When you’re on the Nissan and Tesco side at the roundabout looking up towards Coppull, you can’t see cars coming.”

Planting on the roundabout has made the situation worse, he said.

“It’s been built high, but it has the flowers on, which doesn’t help,” he said. “I’ve nearly once or twice had to run across to get out of the way when one of the cars is coming round the corner. There hasn’t been an accident yet, but there will some time down the line.”

Widower Mr Brindle has the support of ward councillor Ralph Snape, who said the roundabout needs lowering by “a foot to 18 inches”. He asked Lancashire County Council to look into it, but said he was disappointed with their reply.

The county council’s John Richardson, technician (traffic, Chorley & West Lancashire) replied: “After liaising with Chorley Borough Council, they are going to replace any shrubs/plants with low growing wild flowers and anticipate work should commence April this year.”

Councillor Snape said: “I don’t see why Chorley borough should be involved because the highway is Lancashire county council’s responsibility and to suggest Chorley borough employees should be involved with planting flowers, I totally disagree with because that will be coming out of Chorley’s budget. I like flowers, but what are flowers going to do to solve the problem, I’m damned if I know. I’m amazed an accident has not happened.”

Jamie Carson, director at Chorley Council, said: “As part of our public services agreement, Lancashire County Council pays us to do certain works on their behalf. This will include reducing the height of any shrubs and wildflower planting. However, it’s the soil height that’s an issue here and the cost of doing that would run into several thousand pounds which is above and beyond what LCC pay us for.”