Will lorry talks end outcry?

A lorry on Richmond Avenue
A lorry on Richmond Avenue
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A housing developer has been challenged to tackle the problem of lorries damaging a narrow village street.

Wainhomes, which is building 55 new properties at land off Richmond Avenue, Wrea Green, met with representatives from Fylde Council and Ribby with Wrea Parish Council to discuss the problem.

It comes after nearby residents complained of lorries being too wide to get access into the site without completing a complicated reversing procedure on nearby streets.

Other issues raised included working hours on site and appropriate signage on nearby roads.

Coun Frank Andrews, who represents Wrea Green on Fylde Council, said he believed the problems would be resolved as a result of the meeting.

He said: “It is, of course, a very narrow road. This was stated when planning was first proposed and they’re trying to get smaller lorries to do their work where they can.

“It was a much needed meeting to clear the air and it did exactly that.

“We’re hoping (Wainhomes) live up to their word in the future.”

Coun Andrews added: “We think the situation has been resolved by Wainhomes.”

Councillors said the company has now agreed to use smaller lorries to try to resolve the issue.

Neighbours had been complaining about problems with the developers since January this year but at the meeting it was agreed Wainhomes would now display clearer signage for its drivers, as well as using the smaller lorries.

A spokesman for Fylde Council said: “It was a successful meeting.

“It ended with the problems appearing to now be resolved but we’ll continue to monitor situation on behalf of residents.”

Despite repeated calls by The Gazette to Wainhomes, no-one from the company was available to comment.