COLNE: Accident sparks fury over lack of gritting

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THE failure of Lancashire County Council to grit a well-used Colne street in the recent icy weather has come under fire.

Pendle councillor Graham Roach hit out following an incident in Phillips Lane where a taxi crashed into the railings protecting a long drop into the river at the bottom of the street.

And his comments were echoed by Nelson taxi firm boss Saghir Ahmed, who said the accident involving one of his cabs was the third on the street on the same day - and claimed other busy roads in the area had also not been gritted, leading to a number of minor accidents.

“I had to take my cabs off the road for a day because of the road conditions. I pay my council tax, I pay my licence fees, I have a business to run, but nothing has been done.

“Roads in Burnley and Whalley were OK, but those in Nelson like Walton Lane, Hallam Road and Brunswick Street had not been gritted,” he told Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee on Monday night.

On the question of Phillips Lane, Coun. Roach said: “Pendle Council has asked the county council to grit this street time and again.

“Now we see the result – a taxi out of control on the icy surface only missed a long drop into the river by the good luck of catching the parapet of the bridge. It knocked over the railings that protect the drop and knocked the gritting bin and litter bin into the river 15 feet below.”

The taxi smashed the railings at the bottom of the steep street, which is a popular through route from the main Burnley Road to the Greenfield Road area and its houses and factories.

Coun.Roach added: “Up to three years ago Pendle Council did the gritting and gritted Phillips Lane. When the county council insisted on doing it themselves, they missed out this steep and dangerous street, claiming the gritting wagons were too heavy to cross the bridge at the bottom of the street. When they brought in the new quad bike gritters, there was no excuse but they have still failed in their duty.

“I am calling on Lancashire County Council to repair the railings and grit the street properly from now on.”