Relief at last as Chorley residents buy their own road sign

Road to success: Councillor Ralph Snape with residents
Road to success: Councillor Ralph Snape with residents
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Residents are celebrating the installation of a new road sign – after paying for it themselves.

Folk living on Rectory Close in Chorley say their lives have been made a misery for years by motorists driving up the narrow single track ‘no through road’ then having to back up and turn around.

When anything was going on at the park, vehicles had been going down there, but they couldn’t get out at the bottom, there was no way through, and they were backing up people’s drives and turning round because it’s a narrow road.

Ralph Snape

With the road being directly adjacent to Astley Park, motorists have been assuming it is an access to the park and turning into it, only to find it is a dead end.

Now residents in the five houses on the road have just had a new sign put in which they hope will put an end to the problem.

They will now be billed for the sign by Chorley Council, who carried out the work.

Rectory Close resident Maurice Totham said: “People have mistaken it for the next turning.

“I suspect in a lot cases some people have asked for directions and taken the first left past the park gates, and we are the first left.”

He added: “The sign should solve it with a bit of luck.”

Neighbour Marjorie Hayes, who has lived on Rectory Close for the last 20 years, said: “People think they can get onto the park.

“It’s always been going on with people coming up.”

She added; “We’ve never had a decent sign.”

Ward councillor Ralph Snape said he was delighted the work had been carried out and hopefully the problem had been solved.

And he praised the council and residents for ‘working together’.

He said: “When anything was going on at the park, vehicles had been going down there, but they couldn’t get out at the bottom, there was no way through, and they were backing up people’s drives and turning round because it’s a narrow road.

“Residents have put up with this for all these years, so they contacted the council and me.

“The residents have paid for the sign and the council put it up. This is great. Everybody’s chuffed – it’s the residents, our constituents, and the council, working together.”