Res­i­dents ob­ject to road safety works

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX SCAPENS

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

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