‘Save Whalley Village’ releases ‘alarming’ traffic news

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SAVE Whalley Village – the action group campaigning against large new housing developments in the village – will stage a public exhibition at Whalley Abbey this Saturday, May 19th.

Open to the public between 9-30 a.m. and noon, it will present the campaign’s evidence of existing traffic and congestion problems in Whalley being exacerbated by proposed developments.

The traffic consultancy was commissioned by the Save Whalley Village Action Group from Capita Symonds. Their brief was to produce an assessment of traffic conditions in the village, the study paid for by public donations. Mr Ian Richardson, Director of Capita Symonds Blackburn, will end the commission with an illustrated presentation of the findings, which are both illuminating and alarming.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mrs Janet Higgins explained what the study was meant to achieve: “For many years Lancashire County Council has chosen to ignore the concerns of villagers about the traffic and parking problems in Whalley.

“In the past 30 years there has been no significant improvement in the road network while applications for hundreds of houses have been waved through. The continuing inaction of the council verges on negligence.”

The study presents an assessment of how projected growth in traffic levels will affect Whalley. Speaking about Capita’s involvement, Mr Richardson said: “Our approach is firmly grounded in the best available evidence. We believe our conclusions to be robust and, for Whalley residents, alarming.”

The presentations will be repeated through the morning at 9-30, 10-15 and 11 a.m. Anyone interested in further information or who wishes to join the Save Whalley Village group can e-mail info@savewhalleyvillage.org.uk, phone 07933829265, or write to: 1 Cornmill Rise, Whalley, BB7 9ST.