Council to probe obstruction claim

Julie Camblin with her dog Willow, is a resident of Atherton Road, Hindley Green, and has complained about cars and items for sale outside a neighbour's house, obstucting the pathway especially for dog walkers, prams and people in mobility scooters
Julie Camblin with her dog Willow, is a resident of Atherton Road, Hindley Green, and has complained about cars and items for sale outside a neighbour's house, obstucting the pathway especially for dog walkers, prams and people in mobility scooters

A DISPUTE over land is causing an unsightly access problem on a busy main road, it was claimed today.

Julie Camblin has complained to Wigan Council about skips and large pieces of engineering equipment being left on a driveway and footpath yards away from her home in Atherton Road, Hindley Green.

She claims the items often block the pavement, causing people to have to walk into the busy road in order to get past.

The land and equipment is owned by 65-year-old retired engineer Joseph Threlfall, who said today that there is enough space for people to get through.

Julie, 37, said: “There are many occasions when there is a big pile of rubbish and old vehicle parts on the pavement, so if anyone wants to get past they either have to walk into the road, or cross over to walk on the pavement there and then cross back.

“The land owner has a lot of people come to see him for old parts and they park on the pavement area outside his house, causing problems.

“The police and parking wardens have been out to him in the past, but he says he owns the land/pavement.

“But that should not make a difference – he still needs to make it safe and accessible. His driveway is full of the junk and it looks a mess.”

Mr Threlfall, who rebuilds old machine parts, argued he was forced to keep his equipment in Atherton Road following a row over land in Belle Green Lane.

He said: “It is not that bad - people can always get through.

“Council officials have been out and told me it was fine.

“As a hobby, I do engineering work - people give me parts and I rebuild them.

“All the big items should have gone to my old land in Belle Green Lane, but I am in dispute with the council over the rights to that land.

“The problem is cars parking on the pavement outside my house, when they shouldn’t be.

“I have spoken to the council as I believe there should be zig-zag lines nearby to slow traffic down, as there is a lollipop man or lady there helping school children cross the road.”

Mark Tilley, Wigan Council’s assistant director for infrastructure, said: “Land ownership is superseded if the section of land has been dedicated as public highway which in this case it has.

“We will be inspecting the area and if obstruction of the highway is taking place we will take the appropriate enforcement action through powers within the Highways Act.”