Car sales bid prompts road safety fears

Junction of Highfield Road and Midgeland Road, location of a proposed car sales showroom which local residents say will be dangerous.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-6-2013

Junction of Highfield Road and Midgeland Road, location of a proposed car sales showroom which local residents say will be dangerous. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-6-2013

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Proposals to use the site of a former scrapyard as a car sales showroom look set to secure council permission despite 130 people signing a petition in protest at the scheme.

Scores of residents are opposed to the application by Anthony Woodman for a site on Midgeland Road, Marton.

They fear the plans will increase traffic at the junction of Midgeland Road and Highfield Road, making it more dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.

But Mr Woodman says access to the site will be widened if planning permission is granted, in order to improve visibility for motorists.

The petition was started by Peter Marsh, of Peter Marsh Car Sales, also on Midgeland Road.

He said: “I am not against them selling cars there because it won’t do me any harm, but this is one of the worst junctions in Blackpool.

“The road is very busy and is used by people on their way to and from nearby schools and supermarkets.

“There are a lot of accidents there and all the neighbours around here are worried this plan will make it worse and so they have signed the petition.”

Mr Woodman said he had addressed all the issues raised by the petition.

He said: “We have already instructed contractors to remove the walls and widen access to the site if planning permission is granted.

“This will eradicate any concerns, and visibility will be better.”