DCSIMG

‘Blockade’ plan to halt rat run drivers

Residents, including Anne Sergeant, fourth left, on Midgeland Road in the Marton Moss area of Blackpool are furious that road closures have meant a huge increase in traffic down their narrow lanes.

Residents, including Anne Sergeant, fourth left, on Midgeland Road in the Marton Moss area of Blackpool are furious that road closures have meant a huge increase in traffic down their narrow lanes.

More than 100 horse riders could blockade a stretch of road linking south Fylde with Blackpool in protest at drivers using routes as rat-runs.

Anne Sergeant, of Midgeland Road, Marton, said residents in the area have become annoyed by motorists driving close to their horses and homes following the closure of Wild Lane, also known as the Moss Road.

Mrs Sergeant says hundreds of drivers are cutting through North Houses Lane and Division Lane everyday, close to a route used by many riding schools, in a bid to save time on rush-hour journeys.

She added: “In recent weeks, a girl on a pony has been knocked over by a driver and a woman threatened by an angry motorist.

“My 17-year-old granddaughter Rosie was shouted at by one driver, while on Tuesday a cat was run over.

“The attitude of drivers has been disgraceful – they just don’t care.”

Wild Lane was closed to motorists in August after two accidents were reported to police.

It was set to re-open this month, but remains shut as Lancashire County Council said it would not fund the £350,000 bill to fix the route.

Mrs Sergeant added: “The Blackpool Moss Horseriders Road Safety Group will meet to discuss a date for setting up the blockade – we are looking at some point next week.

“I estimate we will get between 80 and 100 horse riders involved and block North Houses Lane, near Cypress Point, Ansdell.”

Riders involved will be asked to donate an entry fee for the blockade, with the money raised passed on to World Horse Welfare at Penny Farm in Blackpool.

Wendy Ellis, owner of Midgeland Road Riding School, said she would support the blockade.

She added: “Clearly it’s dangerous.

“Some of the drivers have been abusive and wanting to push past.

“We want to take disabled horse riders out but can’t because it’s so busy.”

Ward councillor Alan Stansfield said he understood the frustrations of residents, but was unsure a blockade was the answer.

He added: “We have looked at various things including police notices and traffic calming measures but up to now not come up with anything financially viable.

“In terms of a blockade, I believe there’s other ways of dealing with the issue.

“We are still looking at a complete solution to it.”

Follow us on twitter @The_Gazette and like our page on facebook to keep up with all the latest news.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page