Petition against link road plan

Pictured are the residents on the road where the link road will be
Pictured are the residents on the road where the link road will be

A GROUP of angry residents have launched a petition to oppose plans for a new link road by their homes.

People living on the new Wainhomes Meadow Brook estate in Pemberton are vehemently opposed to Wigan Council’s plans to create the M58 Link Road, connecting the eastern roundabout of Junction 26 of the M6 and the A571 Billinge Road/Foundry Lane junction.

As part of their campaign they have set up the Say NO to the M58 Link Road! petition on, and so far they have 250 signatures.

Claire Heddle, 38, who lives in Meadow Brook, said: “We are trying to spread the word. We are totally against the plan. We would be cut off from the amenities as there is only one access point.

“There is also a lot of wildlife and farmers’ fields, which we don’t want destroyed. The trees will have to be cut down to make way for the road.

“There will also be a lot of air pollution and noise from the cars,

“The council wants to relieve congestion but that problem will build around us instead. It will also mean more freight traffic causing congestion and it would be dangerous for children and elderly people, with poor planning on crossing points.

“Businesses along Ormskirk Road will lose passing trade. This link road would cause much more harm than good and we would rather that taxpayers’ money be put into creating better public transport, helping local business and encouraging greater community cohesion.”

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Public consultation will take place on Tuesday, November 3 from 1pm to 7pm at Lamberhead Green Working Men’s Club, White Street, Pemberton.