‘Bully boy’ claims over backing for A585 plans

Singleton Coun Maxine Chew
Singleton Coun Maxine Chew
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Wyre Council has been accused of “bully boy” tactics by a leading campaigner against a new dual carriageway.

The authority this week came out in support of a £100m scheme to ease traffic problems on the A585.

However Coun Maxine Chew, who represents Singleton, where the road will be built, on Fylde Council, says Wyre has no right to ‘ride roughshod’ over residents.

Coun Chew said: “I would not criticise any scheme that relieves the problems we have, that would work and would provide an answer.

“The problem is that this causes such destruction and devastation to people’s lives but simply moves the congestion. People who now live in peaceful and quiet surroundings are going to have a four lane road at the end of their garden.”

Highways England wants to build a new road linking Windy Harbour to Skippool and has put forward the new dual carriageway through Singleton as its preferred option.

Wyre Council said last week the scheme would cut down jams and help economic growth. But Coun Chew is angry nobody at Wyre considered listening to her or the views of Singleton residents.

She said: “One thing that really gets me is that nobody at Wyre had the courtesy to come and talk to me,

“They talk up the positives but don’t mention what this will do to people’s lives.

“It isn’t their ward, it isn’t their borough.

“I get cross with Wyre when they plan the bully boy and ride roughshod over my residents.”

Coun Chew has made her opinions clear to Highways England, which conducted a month-long consultation on the scheme.

It hopes work on the bypass, cutting out congested Singleton junction, could begin in 2020.