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I would like to highlight a dangerous problem which has been causing me some considerable distress for some time.
I drive for a living and each time I use a particular stretch of road over the M61 near Botany Bay, I experience exactly the same problem.
I assume the reason nobody has highlighted this problem before is because it is so difficult and time consuming to explain, but some drivers need to be more aware of their road positioning at this junction in the future.
There is nothing wrong with the lay-out of the road. In fact the lane markings are, in my view, completely correct.
However, there must be some type of psychological or optical illusion giving the impression for the need for drivers to mistakenly feel they have to change lanes half-way through their manoeuvre.
This causes the traffic to their immediate right to swerve, brake or both - to avoid collision.
This is the scientific bit so the guilty drivers will, no doubt, struggle with the following section.
If travelling along the A675 from the Botany Bay roundabout towards the motorway roundabout, the road widens from one lane into three at the traffic lights.
The left hand lane is marked out for traffic joining the M61 towards Manchester.
The middle lane is marked out intending to direct the traffic on to the first, left hand lane of the roundabout and the third lane directs traffic onto what will soon become the middle lane of the roundabout, but at this point actually looks like the second of only two lanes. (Guilty drivers- are you with it so far?)
Once on the roundabout, and only when on the roundabout, a third lane becomes available for traffic.
The problem arises when drivers, who are waiting for the lights to change from red to green, are situated in the middle lane looking ahead to where they are intending to end up.
Because they are starting off in the middle lane, they wrongly assume that when they entered the roundabout they should also end up in the middle of the now three lanes which appear before them.
This is where the majority of drivers make their error.
If they were to observe the road markings correctly they would realise that the middle lane in which they start off becomes the first, left hand lane of the roundabout. Simple.
The poor driver who is situated to their immediate right (usually me!) can now see that the driver on their left is inexplicably changing lanes for no apparent reason.
I obviously have too much time on my hands even bothering to attempt to explain this to the road–users of Chorley, but it has driven me insane for so long I thought it was about time to put the record straight.
Handing over ticket is illegal
I was concerned that in last week’s paper Coun Matthew Crow seemed to be encouraging the public to defraud the council and break the law by saying that there was nothing wrong with car drivers passing their parking ticket on to another car driver for them to use.
Apart from the fraud aspect, it is a criminal offence, under the Highways Road Traffic Act 1984, paragraph 22, which states: “It is an offence, to deceive, to use, lend, or allow another person to use any ticket issued by a parking meter.”
May I suggest that Coun Crow finds out any background information and also, if there are any legal implications to his recommendations, before putting pen to paper in the future.
Coun Ken Ball
Deputy Leader Chorley Council
Well done to our students
Most heartening among the many visits I have made on behalf of the Borough of Chorley have been those to the graduation and awards ceremonies at UCLAN and Runshaw College.
Among the recipients of degrees and prizes have been many Chorley young people rewarded for their hard work.
As we also see the school results recently it seems right to offer our congratulation to these students.
We should also be grateful for the quality of support our local young people have received from their teachers, their mentors and their families and the hard work they themselves have put into these achievements .
Coun Pat Case
Mayor of Chorley
Father-in-law lost contact
I am desperate to make contact with descendants of William Herbert Moon born in Ashton-under-Lyne and his wife Alice Minnie Tucker, born Cheltenham 1858.
They married in 1905 in Lancashire and had five children Sydney Horace in 1906; Amelia Grace in 1908; Ernest in 1909; Leonard in 1913; and finally Kenneth in 1922.
They also spent some time in Preston. Ernest married Eva Jolly in Chorley 1929 and Leonard married Isabella Ralphs in Chorley in 1934.
Sydney Horace was my father-in-law. He came to New Zealand in the 1930s and by the time he got to NZ he had changed his name to Moore.
He died in New Zealand in 1965. He never had any contact with his family after he got married so there is a real mystery there that we would like to unfold.
Parking meters put off visitors
It was disappointing to see the article in the Chorley Guardian last week about Chorley Council’s new parking meters requiring the vehicle’s registration number to be entered.
As was stated in the article the cost to the motorist is still the same and the amount charged is reasonable but anyone with a bit of time left on their ticket can’t hand it on to another driver.
This charging method has been used in other towns for many years and I’m always annoyed by it as I can’t pass my unused time on to someone else.
Handing a partially used ticket on is a normal social gesture that gives us a sense of community. The last thing we need now is a system that takes this away.
I think that re-selling the same parking space that has already been paid for is immoral.
We should be doing everything possible to encourage people to visit Chorley as we have so much to offer.
The first thing car visitors see of our town are the car parks then the parking charges.
As you follow the instructions on the new meters you are told ‘No Change Given - Overpayment Accepted.’
That’s no way to welcome guests; let’s make them visitor friendly.