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Monday, 07 April 2014 (3050595)
Blight on the landscape!
by Henry James

AN angry resident says that an ugly fence erected as a ‘temporary' safety measure two years ago is not only a blight on a picturesque village but is actually a safety hazard!

James Rigby from Roby Mill says that the 30-metre long orange plastic situated on Bank Brow is “an accident waiting to happen” and he has called on the authorities do something about it before someone is injured or worse.

Mr Rigby said: “Roby Mill is envied for its beauty and simplistic charm but for the past two years an area of the village known as Bank Top has been marred by an ugly, 30-metre long, orange plastic fence, erected by the council as a so-called temporary safety measure.

”Council officials from planning, highways and heritage have all been to cast their eyes over this two-year-old problem but none have been able to come up with a solution that will return what was a very pleasant part of the village back to how it should look.“

As well as being an eyesore Mr Rigby claims the fence is putting lives at risk.

He added: ”In my opinion it's about time someone from the health and safety department was called in.

“The fence is not only spoiling our pleasant views, it is also dangerous to any pedestrians that may need to walk by.

”It is situated on a busy narrow road and the sandbag anchorages take up a great deal of the pavement, forcing anyone that walks past right to the edge of the footpath.

“It is also situated right where people get off the bus.

”The pavement where the fence is is also a dice with death for me and other pensioners, who are usually encumbered with loaded shopping bags.

“All I am asking is that whoever can make a decision on this matter should make it right now and bring back not only the beauty of our village but the safety of its residents.

”If not, mark my words, this could be an accident waiting to happen.“

Bill Dawson, of Lancashire County Council's highways team responded: ”The plastic fencing was put in for safety after the hedge was removed, due to the difference in height between the pavement and the resident's garden.

“We are pleased to say the county council has agreed to provide a new fence at the back of the pavement and funding is now available as part of this year's capital programme. We expect this work to be completed within the next few months.”


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