What you say about danger road
WHAT you’ve been saying about the scheme on our Facebook page:
Tony Southern: I’m a HGV driver and I see lots of speed related accidents and I travel over Grane Road some mornings early am by car and you want to see the speed some are doing then due to it being quiet. I helped a guy out of his car earlier this year after he’d lost it and ended upside down in one of the fields, so if these cameras put a stop to it then happy days.. Cut the speed it’s not worth losing yours or another person’s life.
Leslie Nuttall: It isn’t the speed that’s a problem. I could do almost every bend at 60mph when that was the limit. The problem is some people don’t know the best line to take and make bends sharper or some don’t even take any notice of the road whatsoever. Lee Glover: Plenty overtake on the double white lines. Seen it plenty of times. Speed is part of the problem though. Selfish driving, People thinking they are untouchable. Giving zero regard for other road users... I see it all the time on plenty of roads. Don’t use that road often but anytime i’ve got from Haslingden to Blackburn or visa versa you are guaranteed to see at least one clown.
Frustration is a major reason for accidents on this road. There are so many drivers braking for every bend and travelling at 25 mph in a 50 limit, it creates frustration and some drivers THEN speed and overtake in dangerous places. My prediction: This will not prevent collisions on Grane Road.
A NUMBER of years ago, Rossendale council’s scrutiny committee decided to make the issue of dog fouling a top priority.
It’s one of those things which few people like to talk about, but which irritates folk like few other things.
Rossendale council subsequently increased its spending on dog patrols to £44,000 a year, while Bacup was a particular target for council activity with glow in the dark signs and more poo bins.
This year, the council reported a sharp drop in the number of dog fouling complaints the authority had received – although there was some suggestion that complaints going down can also be a result of people thinking there is little point in complaining.
Earlier this year, it was suggested that Rossendale council was looking into proposals from Liverpool city council to offer free council tax to people who provided information which led to prosecutions of people who let their dogs foul.
That proposal, while innovative, is fraught with difficulties – not least it involved members of the public being prepared to potentially collect evidence about people who, if they can’t be bothered to clear up after their pet, are highly unlikely to welcome being monitored.
A much more practical option would be to follow the lead – pardon the pun – of Canterbury council in Kent and introduce a new public space protection order which requires dog walkers to have at least two dog poo bags with them when walking their pooch.
Those caught walking a dog without the bags will run the risk of being fined.
No responsible dog owner will have a problem with such a rule, so long as it’s enforced sensibly.
It’s a win, win for the council too.
It doesn’t require constant policing, but provides officers with the instant power to check up on dog walkers in difficult hot spots.
It essentially does the same thing for dog owners as speed cameras do for drivers.
The mere presence of a speed camera forces most drivers to slow down to the limit, even if the odds are slim of the camera actually being switched on.
Crucially, the Canterbury approach removes any risk to those who are fed up by dog fouling.
No asking people to collect evidence to help the council – and the risks that entails – just a simple rule the council can enforce if it chooses to.
The Dogs Trust, however, aren’t so keen on the idea.
They call it a sledgehammer to crack a nut, penalising the well-behaved many because of the actions of a badly-behaved minority.
But that’s kind of the point isn’t it?
The minority who think it is fine for their dogs’ mess to be left behind for the rest of us to avoid and clear up continue to flout the existing rules because they suspect they won’t be caught.
Of course, carrying poo bags doesn’t guarantee someone will actually use them, but it’s surely a step in the right direction, given it’s something we still see in our area week in, week out?
Signs warn dog owners to clear up after their pets