Clitheroe residents’ victory in traffic-calming battle

Neighbours in Henthorn Road are worried about traffic breaking the 20mph limit.
Neighbours in Henthorn Road are worried about traffic breaking the 20mph limit.
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Neighbours, who launched a campaign to slow down speeding traffic they claimed was making the residential avenue where they live a potential killer, were celebrating after it was announced that traffic calming measures will be enforced.

Work is due to start in the spring on traffic calming measures in Henthorn Road, Clitheroe, that will force drivers to stick to the 20mph speed limit.

A zebra crossing will be created along with build-outs that will force cars to stop and give way to oncoming traffic. Strategically placed parking bays will also be included in the new road layout.

The campaign was led by retired headteacher Mr John Nuttall (65) who lives in Conway Avenue off Henthorn Road.

He said: “I welcome the news that these measures are going to be put in place.

“This is an issue I have felt strongly about and was not prepared to let go and it seems that persistence has now paid off.’’

Announcing news of the traffic calming scheme Lancashire County Council said the design would provide a safe place for pedestrians to cross, will narrow the road and remove the current straight route alignment which will automatically reduce vehicle speeds.

The major campaign, which was backed by Ribble Valley MP Mr Nigel Evans, was launched in August and local councillor Alan Knox started an E-petition on the county council’s website. Residents supported this with a leaflet drop and petition for people to sign.

Coun. Knox said: “This is a great victory for local people.’’

Mr Nuttall, who used to be a driving instructor, conducted his own survey on Henthorn Road and judged some of the drivers’ speeds to be up to 50 miles an hour. Residents also feared the problems would get worse when the planned new housing developments in the area bringing even more vehicles to the quiet road.

The traffic calming scheme is now in the process of being finalised before it is put out to tender.

Mr Evans said: “It is good news and I hope that the new measures will remove the problem of speeding there. It is vital that the local authority listen to and act on the concerns of local people, who are in the best position to judge a problem. Speed limits are there to be obeyed, and when they are not other measures must be looked at.’’