Get out of town!

Councillor Julie Newsham, Councillor Don MacNaughton and County Councillor Andrea  Kay.
Councillor Julie Newsham, Councillor Don MacNaughton and County Councillor Andrea Kay.
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YOU’RE not welcome anymore!

Campaigners fighting to keep lorries out of Thornton have welcomed a sign warning HGVs to stay away

Concerned residents have spent several years complaining about HGVs using Thornton village as a cut through to Hillhouse and Fleetwood Docks.

Motorists are advised to drive through the village via Fleetwood Road and Skippool Road as their Sat Nav systems recognise it as the shortest route.

But after years of campaigning councillors were told extra signage would be put up warning drivers the routes into Thornton are not suitable for heavy goods vehicles.

Bourne ward councillor Don MacNaughton said: “Around five years ago we managed to get the county council to paint out a misleading sign on the northbound approach to the Norcross roundabout.

“The sign directed HGVs bound to Hillhouse and the docks to turn right through Thornton instead of using Amounderness Way.

“But the problem didn’t really go away as sat-nav technology continued to direct HGVs through Thornton so we have been fighting for a sign warning drivers to keep out.

“The roads through Thornton Village are just not suitable and residents have complained about cracks in their walls because of the tremors.”

The sign is part of a £195,000 Highways Agency scheme to improve Norcross roundabout and give better guidance to drivers.

It includes new road markings and footpaths and cycleways will be resurfaced.

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, welcomed the news.

He said: “I value road safety. The more that can be done to protect children and the vulnerable from the dangers of the road the better.

“Who knows what the long term legacy of these signs will be, but I wager safer roads for future generations will be one of them.

“I am delighted Lancashire County Council has agreed to fully consider the placement of signs to protect Thornton village from misdirected HGVs.

“I also pay tribute to the work of Don MacNaughton and Julie Newsham, two local councillors.

“They have stood with me in calling for a change in the rules to allow a sign such as this.

“It really is great to see the hard work paying off.”