‘Milestone’ for junction lane battle

Hitesh Chandarana, Cllr Kevin Anderson, Cllr Clive Morgan and Ray Donnelly with the 1,000 strong petition
Hitesh Chandarana, Cllr Kevin Anderson, Cllr Clive Morgan and Ray Donnelly with the 1,000 strong petition

A COMMUNITY campaign to help boost shops by changing traffic flows has reached a landmark moment.

For a petition demanding reinstatement of the right turn at Goose Green’s Clap Gate Lane junction has now attracted more than 1,000 signatures.

This week ward Coun Clive Morgan presented it to the town hall’s highways chief as calls continue to mount for a return to the former lay-out to encourage potential shoppers.

He took the opportunity to lobby Coun Kevin Anderson about the importance to the local economy of bringing back a right turn option for car users at the junction of the A49 Warrington Road and Clap Gate Lane.

He was joined by community volunteer Ray Donnelly and local supermarket store manager Hitesh Chandarana as they took the campaign to the Town Hall.

Mr Chandarana, owner of the Clap Gate Lane NISA shop, revealed that traders blame the change in road lay-out for a slump in takings.

He said: “The decision to close the right turn has had a significant impact on Clap Gate Lane shopping precinct businesses.

“I know that prospective businesses have pulled out of plans to invest in a refurbished precinct, in part because of the loss of passing trade.”

The busy A49 Warrington Road is already is set for major changes this year following news that the Marus Bridge roundabout is to be removed and replaced with traffic signals as part of a £1m investment to keep this busy road corridor running smoothly.

Currently traffic wishing to access Clap Gate Lane must negotiate the roundabout and make its way up Highfield Grange Avenue.

But this detour will become unnecessary if the highways engineers can be persuaded to agree to the re-opening of the right turn access.

Winstanley’s Coun Morgan said: “The £1m Marus Bridge roundabout provides the opportunity for the right turn into Clap Gate Lane to be reopened. I am pleased that Coun Anderson listened to our case and having visited the site at my invitation he understands the issues.”

• CANDIDATES in the Winstanley Ward council election: L. Aspey (CAP); A. Atherton (Con); A. Collinson (UKIP); S. Heyes (Greens); C. Morgan (Lab)