Fears over beauty spot vis­i­tor in­flux

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

CON­CERNS have been raised about the “dan­ger­ous” level of vis­i­tors to pop­u­lar beauty spots in West Lan­cashire.

Re­ports of large crowds of peo­ple vis­it­ing Fairy Glen and Par­bold Hill came in af­ter cars packed the lay-bys near their en­trances over the week­end.

The in­flux of vis­i­tors came as tem­per­a­tures soared to the mid 20s in the North West

One res­i­dent alerted West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil to the mat­ter on so­cial me­dia, writ­ing: “As a res­i­dent of Ap­p­ley Bridge I would just like to say the amount of vis­i­tors to Fairy Glen, Par­bold hill, is at dan­ger­ous lev­els.

“There were over 50 cars il­le­gally parked on Satur­day, Au­gust 8, and the small lay-by was dan­ger­ously over parked with cars block­ing.”

Fairy Glen has al­ready seen a num­ber of sim­i­lar is­sues fol­low­ing the eas­ing of lock­down re­stric­tions and was pre­vi­ously closed by the coun­cil back in May due to an “un­prece­dented and un­safe vol­ume of vis­i­tors”.

Bosses said the de­ci­sion was made in con­sul­ta­tion with Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary to pro­tect public health, with large num­bers of vis­i­tors and cars re­ported at the walk­ing des­ti­na­tion.

Res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors have also pre­vi­ously re­ported park­ing is­sues to Lan­cashire County Coun­cil fol­low­ing the in­flux of vis­i­tors.

One con­cerned mem­ber of the public shared a re­sponse from County Cllr Keith Id­don, cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways and trans­port at the end of July, say­ing that a num­ber of ac­tions may be taken to pre­vent fur­ther prob­lems.

The let­ter says that the coun­cil is dis­cussing re­duc­ing the speed limit on the A5209 near Fairy Glen, a 40mph zone.

Dis­cus­sions are also un­der way to im­ple­ment “for­mal park­ing con­trols” and mak­ing the area a clear­way - mean­ing that mo­torists would not be al­lowed to stop in cer­tain sec­tions of the road.

The bor­ough coun­cil did not re­spond for com­ment but ad­vice on its web­site warns of the dif­fi­cul­ties so­cial dis­tanc­ing at the at­trac­tion.

It states: “Please be re­spect­ful of oth­ers and fol­low so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines.

“The na­ture of the site can make this dif­fi­cult at times, espe­cially when busy, so please be pre­pared to turn round and leave if so­cial dis­tanc­ing is not pos­si­ble.

“Due to the lim­ited space within Fairy Glen please think of oth­ers and limit the length of your visit to al­low oth­ers to en­joy the site safely.”

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