New signs warn drivers of deer roaming in road

Councillors Steve Holgate (left) and Matthew Crow at Coppull Road in Chorley where a deer had caused damage to cars.
Councillors Steve Holgate (left) and Matthew Crow at Coppull Road in Chorley where a deer had caused damage to cars.
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New deer warning signs are to be installed following a spate of near misses and collisions on a busy stretch of road.

The latest incident, on New Road, Coppull, saw a deer collide with a car and cause hundreds of pounds of damage.

Nobody was injured in the smash but the accident has lead to calls from concerned residents for new signs.

Coun Matthew Crow, ward councillor in Coppull, said: “In January reports were made to me of a collision between a vehicle and deer emerging from the Yarrow Valley onto New Road in Coppull.

“Significant damage was caused to the vehicle and although it fled the scene it is a possibility that the deer did not fully recovered from the incident.”

The deer are emerging from the nearby Yarrow Valley woodland.

Several near misses have been reported in recent months. Requests were made to Lancashire County Council for warning signs to be erected to help make drivers aware.

County Hall bosses have agreed to erect the signs in the near future. Coun Crow added: “There are a number of deer living in this area and, whilst it is reassuring to note that such occurrences are rare, it is important that we do what we can to minimise the risk to motorists and the wildlife.

“I welcome the county council’s proactive response in helping to address the concerns of local residents.

“A warning sign is a good first step in helping to alert drivers, especially those unfamiliar with the area, of the potential risks.”

Coun Steve Holgate said: “Whilst there has only been one reported incident we are aware of a number of near-misses in the area and incidents which have gone unreported.

“We’ll be keeping our eye on the situation over the coming months and will be continuing to work together with the county council.”

Andrew Burrows, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Chorley, said: “We have been working with the police and the Deer Project regarding deer which have been regularly sighted on the New Road, Coppull.

“Following these consultations, we have arranged for warning signs to be installed to alert drivers to the possibility of deer crossing in places where there are regular sightings.”