Drivers face year delays

Mains Lane Poulton.
Mains Lane Poulton.
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Work to repair two sewers on a major link road will last for 12 months.

United Utilities has delayed the beginning of the work, on Mains Lane, Little Singleton, to the start next month as they search for ways to keep disruption to a minimum.

Lesley Middleton, chairman of Poulton and Carleton Residents Association

Lesley Middleton, chairman of Poulton and Carleton Residents Association

However, community leaders in Singleton and Poulton fear the works – which will see temporary traffic lights put in place – will cause problems for traders who have seen more than their fair share of roadworks in the town in the last two years, including the closure of Tithebarn Street bridge between May 2012 and January 2013.

Lesley Middleton, (pictured above) chairman of Poulton and Carleton Residents Association, said: “A year is an awful long time, but if they are replacing sewers they’ve got to do that at some stage.

“If they can reduce the year to anything less it’s going to be great because the ones who know the alternative routes will use them, but the ones who don’t will be sat at traffic lights.

“Everyone is holding their breath thinking it’s going to be very difficult.”

The roadworks will take place between the junctions of Old Mains Lane and 
Garstang Road.

Carol Woolley, chairman of Poulton Historical and Civic Society, said: “I would hope this work could be alleviated during times when people are going to school or work.

“The roadworks are very concerning and so is the impact they are having on the town.

“The bridge works had a very big impact on the town and businesses are just starting to pick up from that.”

Coun Alf Clempson, Lancashire County Council’s Poulton councillor says he will be making a visit to the site as soon as possible to work out ways of easing disruption to motorists.

He said: “I’ve requested United Utilities take me through exactly what they are doing and how they are doing it. I’m hoping to visit and get a better idea of this.

“It concerns me there has been a lot that has affected the town recently and I have asked to see how Poulton will benefit from what is happening.” Congestion on the A585 has been a cause for concern for Coun Penny Martin, Cleveleys park ward councillor for Wyre Council, for many years.

She added: “This goes to show we have one road in and one road out, and it’s about time people started to take this seriously.”

John Martin from United Utilities said: “I would firstly like to thank everyone for their continued patience and co-operation while we plan our sewer upgrade work.

“We completely understand the impact this work will have on the local community and motorists travelling through the area, via the A585.

“It’s for this reason we’ve temporarily delayed our start date, so we can continue to look at other possible options which might help minimise disruption.”

Mr Martin added: “We’re currently working closely with the Highways Agency and Lancashire County Council to identify the best way forward.

“As soon as we know what’s going to happen next we will update the local community.”