Residents object to road safety works
SAFETY work planned for one of Middleton’s busiest roads could hit the brakes after residents objected to proposals.
Following a safety review of Manchester Old Road, Rochdale Council successfully applied to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for funding.
The cash has been earmarked for a number of measures, including parking and waiting restrictions near Boothroyden Road to assist HGVs turning at the junction.
According to the council this would also improve visibility for pedestrians and motorists at the site.
But residents have submitted a petition of 31 signatures against the proposals as well as eight letters of objection.
They say HGVs no longer operate in the area as the Pallet Company, which most of the lorries were connected to, has shut down.
One letter said: “Parking is already restricted and to add more restrictions will cause utter chaos amongst residents.
“The side and back roads are already full and I am concerned that this will cause anger and frustrations for residents trying to find a parking space.
“I am also concerned regarding the value of my property as not having space to park will decrease the value.”
Another said: “Why have ‘sleeping policemen’ and a policed 20mph zone not been implemented?
“Surely there must be alternative measures that actually support the community and not a scheme that has been revised to help everyone else and not even consider the community.”
The matter will be discussed at a Middleton Township Committee, at Middleton Arena, on June 28 from 6.15pm.
Manchester Old Road is seen as an important strategic route linking Middleton town centre with the M60.
A council report into the matter says: “The committee should be mindful the only right the general public has on the highway is a right of passage along it.
“The council has a duty of care to ensure the safety of the travelling public.
“The (safety) review highlighted a number of concerns, including the number of collisions involving right turning vehicles and pedestrians. There were also concerns over the positioning of parked vehicles along the route.”
The junction of Manchester Old Road and Boothroyden Street in Middleton