Residents opposed to Colne bypass meet on Wednesday

Antibypass group
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A group of Foulridge residents have banded together in a bid to block the A56 bypass.

The group met for the first time at the New Inn and organisers Rachel Wilson and Julie Ashton said the size of the turnout was “unexpected but welcome”.

A small group of Foulridge locals who attended the Colne-Foulridge Bypass consultation event in Colne Library had planned an “informal chat” about the creation of an anti-bypass group.

However, with anti-bypass feeling said to be running high in the village, the pub was packed with residents eager to oppose the bypass plans.

Another meeting will be held at 8pm in Foulridge Village Hall on Wednesday.

After the first meeting, Rachel said: “We only expected a handful of people to come along.

“Our aim was to gauge general feeling in the village regarding the proposed bypass. But we were overwhelmed by the numbers of passionate local residents who came along to voice their opposition and offer their support.”

The Foulridge Anti-Bypass Campaign urges anyone opposed to the plans to make their opinions known at Lancashire County Council’s website – East Lancashire Master Plan Consultation,– before the end of the consultation on Friday.

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