United front on parking

From left, Parish Councillor Aidy Riggott, County Councillor Mark Perks and Chorley Borough Councillor Alan Platt in Buckshaw Village
From left, Parish Councillor Aidy Riggott, County Councillor Mark Perks and Chorley Borough Councillor Alan Platt in Buckshaw Village

A crackdown has been launched against nuisance lorry drivers parking in Buckshaw Village.

Parked vehicles are said to be causing a serious obstruction on Horseshoe Drive and Station Approach.

And the station approach has become a problem area for parking for commuters using Buckshaw Parkway Railway Station.

There are complaints cars are doubling up rather than using the allocated spaces.

The problems have been going on for more than a year, and county councillor Mark Perks, borough councillor Alan Platt and Euxton parish councillor Aidy Riggott have complained to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Coun Perks said: “The lorries parking on the roads really are a hazardous risk.

“Cars have crashed due to the parking and something really does need to be done to help sort this out.”

Coun Perks has also raised concerns about the lorries on Horseshoe Drive, saying delivery drivers park near Kimberly Clark while waiting until the depot opens.

He said: “Horseshoe is a 40mph road and we can’t keep having lorries parking there.

“ People are having to overtake and, at that speed, it isn’t far off until a serious accident could happen.”

Coun Riggott said: “I wrote to all the businesses based in Buckshaw asking for them to respect our village and to park safely and appropriately.

“But I hope the situation gets resolved amicably and we find a solution that suits residents and businesses.”

A VOSA spokesman said: “If we receive a complaint about operator behaviour we will investigate and pass our findings on to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.

“The decide on the appropriate action for operator licence holders. We don’t comment on individual cases.”