Taking control of key carriageway

From left: County Councillor Tim Ashton; Neil Goodwin Managing Director of Barrett Homes; Ian Hilliker, Barrett Homes; Peter Dartnell, Redrow; County Councillor Mark Perks; County Councillor Mike France; and Alan Capstick, the county council's public realm manager.
From left: County Councillor Tim Ashton; Neil Goodwin Managing Director of Barrett Homes; Ian Hilliker, Barrett Homes; Peter Dartnell, Redrow; County Councillor Mark Perks; County Councillor Mike France; and Alan Capstick, the county council's public realm manager.

Residents of Buckshaw Village have something to smile about after Lancashire County Council formally accepted responsibility for Central Avenue.

The county council will now maintain roads, pavements, drainage, street lights and traffic signs.

Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council will take responsibility for bus shelters, trees and will cut the grass.

Central Avenue contains some of the major infrastructure used by the whole village, including a sewer. Now that this road has been adopted by the county council, work can progress on adopting the connecting estates and side roads.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Whenever new developments are built, local councils and utility companies have to be sure road layouts, drainage systems and the materials used are up to the necessary high quality standards before adding them to the existing maintained road network.

“To create a whole new village from nothing is an enormous task and I know it has taken a great deal of effort from everyone involved to reach this point.”

Buckshaw Village is represented by county councillors Mark Perks and Mike France.

County Councillor Mark Perks, who represents Chorley North, said: “Because of the evolving nature of the development over a huge area, roads have appeared complete and new residents have been living on them for many years now which has naturally led to concern about their ongoing maintenance. The adoption of Central Avenue is a necessary first step before we can now move forward to adopt other, smaller roads across the development.”

County Councillor Mike France, who represents Leyland Central, said: “I have been pushing this for some time, and I’m pleased this has now happened. The adoption of Central Avenue is great news for Buckshaw residents. This road carries many important utilities and the majority of traffic running through the development.”