Safety review after car crashes into Wigan Road shop

A review into road safety has been called for after a car careered into a corner shop at the bend in Wigan Road.

The car came off the road and hit the Premier convenience store this week, making it the latest incident in this location.

The crash at Wigan Road this week

The crash at Wigan Road this week

Westhoughton town councillor David Wilkinson has asked Bolton Council to review road safety measures. He said: “This isn’t the first time we’ve had an incident in this location so I think we need to look at the area to see if anything can be done to warn drivers to approach the bend more carefully.

“It terrifying to think that a lot of children go in and out of the Premier store and the footpath along there is well used. We were lucky this time that no pedestrians were injured but things could have been a lot, lot worse.”

A council spokesman has told us: “Once we have the police accident report we can review to look at causation factors. Driver error is quite often the issue in these circumstances but that will be part of the information that the police should provide.”

Calls for repairs to Daisy Hall Drive and France Street junction

Pothole repairs need to be carried out at the junction of Daisy Hall Drive and France Street, in Daisy Hill.

Daisy Hill town councillor Rebekah Fairhurst is calling for Bolton Council to carry out the repair job.

She said: “The junction is in a right mess. It wouldn’t take the council long to patch up this whole section and it would be a big improvement for motorists who use this junction.”

Bolton Council refuses to resurface Snydale Close – but installs 20mph zone

Bolton Council has refused to resurface badly neglected Snydale Close but will instead spend money on making it a 20mph zone.

The Labour-run council is splashing the cash on a 20mph sign for the new speed restriction on the cul-de-sac – but says the road can’t be resurfaced.

It comes despite numerous complaints from residents and town councillor Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon (pictured).

Snydale Close

Snydale Close

Bernadette said: “This just shows how little the council cares about our residents. The road is in an absolute state.”

The council told us: “At present Snydale Close isn’t on the current resurfacing programme. With the limited budgets we are working to it is not possible to predict when it will be due to be resurfaced but in the meantime it is regularly inspected and any actionable defects will be repaired. I’m sorry I can’t be more positive at the moment.”

New road surface for Park Road

Park Road was resurfaced this week following complaints about the poor condition of the road.

The stretch between Market Street and Cricketers Way was given a new surface by Bolton Council.

It follows complaints from residents and Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson.

David said: “It’s good that Bolton Council gave us a few crumbs off their table to resurface this road, but I’ve got a list as long as my arm of other roads that need the same treatment.”

Southfield Drive is also being resurfaced this weekend.

Man, 34, suffers potentially life changing injuries after Park Road crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered potentially life changing injuries as a result of a collision in Westhoughton.

At around 2pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017, a Pulse Lightspeed scooter was travelling on Park Road, close to the junction with Captain Lees Road when it was involved in a collision with a barrier.

The 34-year-old man riding the bike was taken to hospital with serious injuries, which are described as potentially life changing.

Police Constable Ed Lister of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “We are not quite sure what caused this collision, however what we do know is that a man has been left with potentially life changing injuries as a result and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have information.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone with dash cam footage of the incident and would ask that anybody with video contact police.”

Anybody with information should contact the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

Southfield Drive road repairs to be carried out

Southfield Drive is going to have bad bits of broken road surface patched up.

The potholes and road break up at the entrance to Lower Southfield and Roundthorn Lane will be repaired.

Others bad bits along Southfield Drive are sadly not be included.

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “These patch repairs are welcome but we will keep campaigning for the whole road to be improved. It is a bus route and is breaking up badly.”

Wingates road remains broken as pothole compensation claims stack up

A road in Wingates has been left broken despite Bolton Council’s promise to resurface it.

St John’s Avenue and Wingates Grove is in the pipeline for a big repair job after the road surface was left pothole-ridden after years of neglect by the Labour-run council.

However, despite a pledge in 2016 to sort out the road, fed up residents are still waiting.

The Liberal Democrat team has been campaigning for months for action on the road.

Wingates town councillor Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon said: “It’s about time this was sorted. Residents have waited long enough. Once again it just shows how Westhoughton is forgotten by Labour.”

It comes as it emerged that Bolton Council spent £117,232.83 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, according to figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats.

Double yellow lines planned for Leigh Road

Bolton Council has now decided to introduce no waiting restrictions along Leigh Road.

The popularity of Daisy Hill railway station for commuters has also caused a number of problems, mainly that of pavement parking and parking in Mabel Street and other locations which has affected other residents and pedestrians.

There are a number of elements to the no waiting restrictions which will be on the east side which is the station side of Leigh Road from just north of the car park entrance of the Rose Hill Tavern right down all the way to just pas Hydrangea Drive.

On the other side of Leigh Road into Mabel Street and just in front of the crash barriers there will be a proposed no waiting restrictions from 8am until 9.30am. From Mabel Street down to the entrance to the dirt car park on the south side of the railway line it is proposed no waiting at any time, and then just past the roundabout on the top of Lower Leigh Road, going into Hartford Road, past Marsham Road, also more no waiting restrictions at any time.

These waiting restrictions are now advertised and objections or support can be lodged with Bolton highway department by before 28 April.

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Bolton Council says yes to new Westhoughton bypass – funded by 3,000 new houses

Bolton Council has given approval for a new Westhoughton by-pass – with the caveat that it will be funded by developers who want to build thousands of new houses across the town.

Residents are dismayed that while their calls for a new bypass are being heard, the fact that it would be funded by new mass developments will defeat the very purposes of the major road by flooding our area with even more traffic.

The Labour-run council’s cabinet members agreed to the proposal in principle but they don’t know how much it will cost and what route it will take although it is expected to pass nearby or through an area where some 3,000 houses are being considered by Peel Holdings and Persimmon Homes.

If developers pay for the road it would be likely that the 3,000 houses for the east side of Westhoughton will get the nod even before any planning applications have been submitted.

There is going to be a planning appeal for 300 houses by Persimmon Homes on the northern part of the Lee Hall site in April.

Washacre road repairs to be carried out – at last!

Washacre’s worst potholes are finally to be repaired after a long campaign by the Liberal Democrats.

Motorists have complained about the appalling condition of Washacre. It is probably one the worst roads in Westhoughton.

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “We have been pushing Bolton Council for repairs. We have now got a bit of good news, the council is going to carry out patching work to the sunken and broken trench which runs the full length of Washacre.

“Whilst we are always happy to get any work done on Westhoughton’s roads we did point out to the council that road is knackered and full resurfacing is really needed.”

Why Bolton Council’s new ‘multihog’ will struggle to fill all of our potholes

Long-suffering motorists could have seen roads across Bolton fixed sooner if council bosses had invested in new road repair equipment rather than wasting £300,000 of taxpayers’ money on a grant to Asons solicitors.

Some good news was announced recently that Bolton Council has bought a new toy for repairing roads, known as a “multihog”, which allows repairs to be carried out quicker.

But with only one “multihog” for the entire borough, it is going to have its work cut out on our broken roads.

Other councils already have these machines and it has increased their productivity .

Westhoughton town councillor David Wilkinson said: “It is just a pity it’s just one machine. If the leader of Bolton Council had not given the infamous £300,000 grant to the law firm Asons the council could have bought three more machines and really got stuck into the pothole problems that residents have to face.”

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Gellert Place looks set to be resurfaced

After 18 months of campaigning for Gellert Place to be resurfaced, the Daisy Hill street now looks set to be in line for improvement works.

Westhoughton town councillor David Wilkinson has been fighting for the improvements but Bolton Council has repeatedly rejected the calls for action.

Rebekah Fairhurst, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Daisy Hill by-election on February 23, said: “The current state of the road is unacceptable, especially when you consider how many millions of pounds have been spent on improving roads and footpaths in Bolton town centre.

“There may now be a glimmer of hope, however. After raising the issue again this month, we have now been told that new equipment may be deployed on the road and we might, after all, get the road resurfaced.

“We won’t hold our breath, but let’s hope our persistent calls for action will now lead to some new tarmac on the street!”

Let’s stop Labour neglecting Daisy Hill. For a fresh voice, vote Rebekah Fairhurst on Thursday 23 February in the Daisy Hill by-election.