Parking is ‘no danger’ says council after probe

PROBLEM: The parking in Chancery Road, Astley Village
PROBLEM: The parking in Chancery Road, Astley Village
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A review of parking in a Lancashire village has concluded that there is no danger, despite the protests of locals.

Calls were made to Lancashire County Council to help put an end to drivers parking on a blind corner and dumping their vehicles on grass verges in Chancery Road, Astley Village.

Despite the calls and being sent pictures of the problems, LCC has said that they have no concerns with Chancery Road.

Coun Matthew Lynch, ward councillor for Astley and Buckshaw, said: “I’m disappointed with the attitude LCC has shown, despite the corner being accident free, there has been an increase in parking due to the additional football pitches.

“The report that I have been sent has no mention about cars parking over the dropped kerb.

“If somebody is in a wheelchair or they are pushing a pram they have to go into the road and they can’t be seen by the cars.

“The report also mentions that the drivers park on the cycle path in good faith, if the drivers were reasonable and they did it in good faith, surely they would use the carparks provided in Hallgate?

“I really do think that the increased demand for parking in the area will compromise the safety in the future.”

Andrew Burrows, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Chorley, said: “We have looked carefully into the concerns raised by Coun Lynch, with highways officers and the police making a number of visits to Chancery Road to observe parking.

“Our first concern is safety and we do not consider parking on the road to be a danger, with drivers leaving enough room on the road to allow for two-way traffic, and enough room for cyclists and pedestrians to pass safely.

“The police would be responsible for enforcement if they considered obstruction to be an issue.

“Our observations are supported by the excellent safety record on Chancery Road with no collisions resulting in injury being recorded in the past five years on the length of road where parking has been highlighted.

“We are conscious of how we direct increasingly limited resources and do not consider there is a case for measures to prevent parking on Chancery Road.”