Colne’s gateway roundabout is in need of some urgent attention, councillors have said.
An investigation led by three Liberal councillors revealed that the “scruffy” roundabout on the North Valley route is owned by at least four different bodies.
Now, Coun. David Clegg, Coun. Tony Greaves, and Coun. Dorothy Lord, have said “it cannot remain in its present state”.
They were sparked to make their enquiries after the state of the roundabout was raised at the last Colne and District Committee meeting by resident Patricia Hall.
Coun. Clegg said: “This is a real surprise and it’s a mess but it means that Pendle can now take some prompt action to get at least part of it tidied up, and at least some of the ugly signage removed.
“This is a very important gateway site in and out of Colne. Thousands of people come past every day.”
According to the councillors, the owners of the roundabout include:
l The owners of the plumbers’ merchants in the former North Valley Hotel
l Lancashire County Council
l Pendle Council
Deputy Chief Executive Philip Mousdale has promised to look at ways of improving the maintenance of the landscaped areas, and the council is checking the mystery ownership of the fourth plot of land.
Coun. Clegg added: “This confusion all comes from the county council not taking ownership of it all when the M65 and Vivary Way were built a quarter of a century ago. What is more we have discovered that Pendle Council is supposed to carry out all the maintenance apart from the land owned by the plumbers’ merchants. It is obviously not doing a good enough job at present.”
Responding, Oliver Starkey, Lancashire County Council highways manager for east Lancashire, said: “We’ve been contacted by Pendle Council about a proposal to improve the appearance of this roundabout. In principle, we’d support this and work with them to achieve any reasonable scheme.”
Pendle’s Planning Manager Neil Watson reported to the Colne and District Committee that he was taking enforcement action against unauthorised signage on the site.