Nelson road junction is ‘death trap’

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A BUSY road junction in Nelson was described as a “death trap” during a Pendle Council debate.

Coun. Kathleen Shore made her comments as the council’s Nelson Committee discussed a planning application to open a used car sales business at the former Planet Conservatories base in Manchester Road, near the Brierfield boundary and the roundabout leading to B&Q and the M65.

Residents living nearby spoke of how they felt the site was unsuitable for such a business, and 23 had written letters of objection expressing concerns on issues such as highway safety, hours of operation, light pollution and noise.

Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, proposing that permission be granted, said the cars that would be sold would be of good quality and conditions on the operating hours were recommended by planning officers to between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

But Coun. Shore said: “That road is a death trap and there is no way we should be putting more cars there. There have been a lot of accidents there and I will not be supporting it.”

Members have granted consent to planning manager Neil Watson to approve the application once agreement on conditions has been reached with the applicant.