A notorious blackspot junction in Clitheroe is to finally get a roundabout following months of campaigning.
Highways chiefs and housing developer Taylor Wimpey have announced that work will start next year following the latest in a string of major accidents at the crossroads of the A59 and Pendle Road.
On Sunday, October 30th, a man and a woman were cut out of a Vauxhall after a collision with a VW Passat at the junction and taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with suspected spinal injuries.
This was the latest in a series of serious injury and fatal accidents at the junction over the years.
The announcement about the new roundabout has been widely welcomed by campaigners.
“The only conclusion I can draw is that the powers that be have been listening to our anger at inaction and that they realise our petition has given voice to a justifiable community concern they cannot turn a blind eye to,” said Coun. Allan Knox who presented a petition to the managing director of the housing developer Taylor Wimpey at the end of last month.
The petition called on Taylor Wimpey to provide a roundabout at the 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 in 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.
“It would appear there is a clear plan for the construction of the roundabout,” Coun. Knox explained.
“Whatever we think about the Standen estate development and Taylor Wimpey, the fact is Taylor Wimpey believe the sooner a roundabout is constructed, the better – after all it will help them sell houses.”
The design stage for the roundabout is due to be completed before Christmas and in the New Year, LCC will go out to tender to choose a contractor to build the roundabout.
Coun. Knox said: “The plan states that this should be completed by March 31st, and at this point, once the contractor and price have been agreed, then Taylor Wimpey, will pay the appropriate sum into a bond.
“If all goes according to plan work should start early summer and be completed by late 2017.”
A county council spokesman said: “We’re currently developing a scheme for a new roundabout at the existing staggered junction of the A59 and Pendle Road.
“It’s due to be delivered as part of the planning conditions for a housing development on land off Pendle Road.
“Another roundabout is to be delivered in Pendle Road to access the development.”