Chatburn Parish Council are currently in conflict with Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate over the removal of the Keep Left Bollards at the bottom of Downham Road, which are causing problems for delivery lorries and buses.
I witnessed the problem first hand the other day when a full length articulated lorry came down from Downham wishing to turn right onto Sawley Road. The driver had no option but to use the wrong side of the said bollards, similarly buses heading up Downham Road often have to use the wrong side if any cars are parked opposite the junction. The aforementioned bollards have been clobbered on numerous occasions over the past year by drivers of long vehicles complying with the Highway Code and therefore risking a charge of Driving Without Due Care and Attention.
I’m certain that Chatburn Parish Council do not wish to criminalise HGV and bus drivers providing essential transport to local business in the communities of surrounding villages in general. However, LCC refuse to remove the said bollards on the grounds that they are a Pedestrian Refuge, despite the fact that people never cross the road there using them. To do so you would have to start from the grass verge outside Hudson’s Ice Cream shop, landing on a house drive at the other side, an altogether pointless exercise. At the current moment in time both the said bollards remain erect if half mangled making one of our main village tourist attractions unsightly.
Obviously LCC have no money to undertake a proper repair and this may be explained by the fact that they waste millions on EU inspired Political Correctness. A few years ago Downham Road was resurfaced with alleged Quiet Tarmac, I was amazed when when I saw that one of the four wheelers delivering it was from Wrexham. The haulage from North Wales must have cost a fortune when there is a coating plant just two miles down the road which could have used Blue Grit-stone brought in from North Craven.
The benefits of Quiet Tarmac are dubious now that almost everyone has double glazing, furthermore, it presents a hazard to those hard of hearing. Perhaps LCC Environment Directorate officers are attempting to promote False Economic Growth on the Stock Market by encouraging the sale of hearing aids, in order to swell the value of any Share ISA they may hold ?
Perhaps if LCC finances got really desperate they could always weigh in all the aluminium signs associated with 20 MPH zones for scrap, like we lost our iron railings to help in WW2. It would appear that our elected politicians have been badly advised over recent years, and perhaps its high time for a Stalinist Purge of County Hall !