Call for brake on road plan

Residents of Brocstedes Avenue, Ashton, Nicloa Manning and Susan Harrison join councillors Don Hodgkinson and Gary Wilkes in protest aginst the proposed one way system
Residents of Brocstedes Avenue, Ashton, Nicloa Manning and Susan Harrison join councillors Don Hodgkinson and Gary Wilkes in protest aginst the proposed one way system
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RESIDENTS are demanding the red light for a controversial new Wigan one-way plan.

Safety chiefs say the scheme came from teachers’ fears for pupils making their way to and from Bryn’s Our Lady Immaculate RC Primary School on foot.

But home owners in Brocsteades Avenue want a residents-only pilot scheme to be put in place, initially, instead.

Spokesman, Bryn independent Coun Gary Wilkes, insisted that there have been no recorded road accidents involving pupils logged by the highways department that could justify the move.

And if vehicles were using the road as a rat run, it can be allayed by highways engineering.

Leader of the opposition Coun Wilkes said: “The vast majority of local residents don’t support this proposal.

“If it is made one way, access and egress arrangements wouldn’t benefit local residents and we would end up with a situation where vehicles will be queuing to access Booths Brow Road while waiting to turn from Brocsteades.

“Residents will also be faced with reduced options for vehicles - including the emergency services - leaving the estate.

“I think that other options should be piloted before a one way system is agreed, including residents-only signs.

“I’ve not received any complaints regarding this issue until now, when the council want to introduce a one-way system and to date we haven’t received any information from the highways engineers department to support this proposal.”

Residents have until March 14 to make views known as part of the legal consultation.

Council cabinet member for the environment, Coun Kevin Anderson, said that the proposals came about following a request from the headteacher of Our Lady Immaculate Primary School.

He said: “There are serious concerns about the level of congestion caused by cars picking up and dropping off children at the school.

“Our officers assessed the situation and agreed to put forward proposals to make the street one-way as a solution.

“At school collection times, the road becomes single lane because of the level of congestion.”

Coun Anderson said that the authority carried out a consultation with residents last autumn and found a “majority” in favour.

But further comments will be considered.