Lives made hell by rat run boy racers

Rossendale Road in St Annes and (below) Coun Sue Fazackerley.
Rossendale Road in St Annes and (below) Coun Sue Fazackerley.
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A RESIDENTIAL street has been branded a “rat run” by residents who claim lazy commuters and speeding boy racers are making their lives a misery.

Coun Sue Fazackerley said she has been inundated with calls from concerned residents living on Rossendale Road, St Annes, calling for action.

Coun Sue Fazackerley

Coun Sue Fazackerley

They claim drivers are racing down the street as a shortcut to the main Church Road – and now they want measures put in place to stop them.

The problem has escalated since Lancashire County Council closed access to neighbouring St Albans and Alexandra Roads, and Coun Fazackerley said: “Rossendale Road has been affected by the closure of various junctions and now what was a quiet residential street has become, at times of day, a rat run.

“Boy racers are racing down it at 60mph.

“St Alban’s Road and Alexandra Road have been closed off and it’s built up into a pressure point.”

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Coun Fazackerley said, before the closures were put in place, very few people had cause to use Rossendale Road, which runs between Shepherd Road and Curzon Road.

She said: “In the past nobody needed to go down that road.

“It’s a narrow residential street and parking is allowed on either side which narrows it further.

“I was speaking to one lady down there who has a lot of cats, and she said two have been killed on the road in the last year and she’s never lost a cat before.

“The residents just want some help.”

Lancashire County Council have now been contacted by Coun Fazackerley, who is urging them to step in and help the residents.

She added: “I have suggested speed humps to county but there are all sorts of alternatives such as making it access only.

“But there’s a problem down there which needs action.”

Andy Ashcroft, public realm manager, said: “We will work with the police to look into the issue of Rossendale Road being used as a cut-through. If this is a problem, we will look at options to reduce rat-running.”

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