Roundabout work is on schedule

Coun. Allan Knox at the A59 accident blackspot.
Coun. Allan Knox at the A59 accident blackspot.

Highways chiefs have confirmed that work will start on both a mini roundabout and a larger, full-sized roundabout, on Pendle Road in Clitheroe in the first half of this year.

Some residents had expressed concern that only a mini-roundabout is going to be built at the notorious accident blackspot junction after Lancashire County Council posted details of its forthcoming roadworks programme on its website.

However, a spokesman for the county council confirmed this week that both a mini-roundabout and a full sized roundabout are going to be built later this year.

“Work is scheduled to start in April on a mini roundabout which is being constructed by a housing developer to create access to their new site on Pendle Road,” he said.

“This should be completed around June.”

He added: “The county council is scheduled to begin work in July to construct a new roundabout at the existing staggered junction of the A59 and Pendle Road, which will be funded as part of the planning conditions for the housing development.

“Some preparation works for the new roundabout on the A59 are due to begin this week to remove trees before the nesting season begins.”

In autumn last year, Coun. Allan Knox presented a petition to the managing director of the housing developer Taylor Wimpey. It called on Taylor Wimpey to provide a roundabout at the notorious junction sooner rather than later.

The plan to create the roundabout at the junction of the A59 with Pendle Road by developers Taylor Wimpey, who have been given outline planning permission to build up to 1,040 homes on land at Higher Standen Farm, were put on hold at a meeting of Ribble Valley’s planning and development committee last February. Although the creation of the roundabout before the development begins was one of the conditions of approval, Taylor Wimpey asked if it could be built after the 50th home was sold on the site.

Speaking to the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times this week, Coun. Knox welcomed the news that the work to build the roundabout at the junction of Pendle Road with the A59 is on schedule.

“There was always going to be two roundabouts and I think the confusion has arisen because the mini-roundabout is being built before the other one,” said Coun. Knox.

He added: “I welcome the news that preparation works on both roundabouts will be going ahead in the near future.”

Campaigners have been calling for a roundabout at the staggered junction of Pendle Road with the A59 following a string of serious accidents over the past few years.