Colne campaign takes step forward

Coun. Ian Tweedie and residents Angela Mitchell and Elaine Wells who are calling for a speed indicator on on Harrison Drive and Birtwistle Avenue.
Coun. Ian Tweedie and residents Angela Mitchell and Elaine Wells who are calling for a speed indicator on on Harrison Drive and Birtwistle Avenue.

A campaign to stop speeding on a 20mph Colne estate has taken a step forward.

A meeting was held at North Valley Community Centre to press concerns surrounding traffic speed Birtwistle Avenue and Harrison Drive.

The event was attended by around 50 people, including county councillors.However, residents were left disgusted at the fact there was no attendance from Lancashire County Council’s traffic management team.

Elaine Wells (51), who has lived in Birtwistle Avenue for 25 years, personally thanked councillors, Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson and Lancashire Constabulary for their attendance, before then asking: “Where were you Lancashire County Council?”

She added: “I, personally, along with my colleague Mrs Mitchell worked very hard to make this happen.

“I feel let down and actually disgusted.

“Once again, thank you to everyone who did make it – and a great big thanks for nothing Lancashire County Council.”

Writing on Facebook, North Valley Community Centre chairman Jim Smart added: “Disappointment was expressed that there was no representative from traffic management at county hall.

“After heated debate, and lengthy discussion, with input from many members of the residents, Andrew Stephenson MP, local and county councillors, it was decided that the county councillors would take the issue and a petition to the officers at county hall.”

Campaigners have been working alongside councillors to try and get more speed indicator devices in the area for the past two years.

But having now started a petition, and with aims to launch an official residents action group at North Valley Community Centre on September 4th, Mrs Wells feels that they now have a “foot on the ladder”.

Lancashire County Council confirmed that it was unable to attend the meeting.

However, a spokesman added that County Coun. Dorothy Lord, who attended the event, had provided feedback, and that measures were already being taken to slow drivers down.

Alan Capstick, highways manager for Pendle, said: “Highways engineers, county councillors and district councillors met to discuss speeding issues on Birtwistle Avenue on Thursday, August 1st, following recent incidents and safety concerns raised by local residents. Following the meeting we agreed to install some new electronic signs to warn speeding drivers.

“Alongside the other measures that are already in place, we hope this will encourage drivers to slow down and reduce accidents in the area.”