Higherford road safety team fell saplings

The newly cleared piece of land adjacent to Barnoldswick Road at the corner with Red Lane in Higherford. (S)
The newly cleared piece of land adjacent to Barnoldswick Road at the corner with Red Lane in Higherford. (S)

Residents of Higherford who could not see traffic for the trees have taken road safety into their own hands by felling saplings to improve visibility.

Higherford Residents Action Group has taken complaints seriously about the dangerous right turn off Barnoldswick Road into Red Lane and got to work at the weekend.

Having spoken to Lancashire County Council, the group set out to improve the restricted sight-line on Saturday.

An organised working party cut down several saplings on land adjoining Barnoldswick Road that were obscuring the sight-line and making the right turn dangerous.

The seven volunteers worked through a deluge and then loaded the trees on to a trailer provided by local farmer Paul Hargreaves.

Hugh Simpson, HRAG Chairman, said: “All the volunteers were wonderful working through a very heavy rain storm to get the job finished. It was a larger job than we initially thought but it was satisfying work. We hope that residents can now make an easier right turn and that HRAG has improved road safety in the area.”