Colne bypass 'could be worth billions'

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Mike Damms Mike Damms

THE proposed Colne bypass could be worth £2billion to East Lancashire’s economy, according to a business leader.

Mike Damms, chief executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, joined other business leaders and councillors to press the case for the bypass when the Government’s road minister Robert Goodwill visited Pendle yesterday.

Mr Goodwill was shown traffic problems around North Valley Road, Colne, before meeting the business chiefs at Euravia Engineering, in Kelbrook.

He said: “This is one of the most compelling cases for a project like this in the country.

“I’ve seen the congestion problems in the area and listened to businesses who have spoken about how it affects them and the difference it would make. I am hopeful we can see a way forward.”

Mr Damms said that 4,000 to 5,000 new jobs could be created through benefits from the bypass, with a boost of £2billion to the economy over the years.

Among the business leaders Mr Goodwill spoke to were Dennis Mendoros, managing director of Euravia and chairman of Pendle Vision Board, and Richard Bannister, who owns Boundary Mill.

Mr Bannister said: “This project is very important for Pendle. At the moment Colne is just a bottle-neck, and it is difficult for customers from Yorkshire to get to us. It affects our customers and staff, as well as deliveries. People making deliveries from the east have to allow extra time for the traffic.

“The meeting was very encouraging but until somebody says ‘yes, this is going to happen’, we can’t sit back.”

Mr Mendoros said: “At the moment we are landlocked and this isn’t going to appeal to businesses. It is important to improve the links between Lancashire and Yorkshire.”

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I am delighted that the road minister accepted my invitation to visit Pendle to discuss the Colne bypass.

“He was able to see firsthand the problems in Colne and the rat running this causes through residential areas, as well as meeting with representatives.”

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2:29pm Tue 3 Dec 13

tonygreaves says...

Colne is often congested, particularly at peak times and on Fridays, but it is not helpful to overstate the problem. Typical delays of five or ten minutes (more at the worst times) would not be thought to be a problem at all in most large urban areas.

It would be interesting to know where the estimates of 5000 new jobs and £2billion to the economy each year come from. If these involve a lot of new building of business parks and housing along the route of the new road, it is time for the proponents to come clean and tell people honestly where they will be.

It may all be desirable but it should not be done by stealth.

Tony Greaves
Colne is often congested, particularly at peak times and on Fridays, but it is not helpful to overstate the problem. Typical delays of five or ten minutes (more at the worst times) would not be thought to be a problem at all in most large urban areas. It would be interesting to know where the estimates of 5000 new jobs and £2billion to the economy each year come from. If these involve a lot of new building of business parks and housing along the route of the new road, it is time for the proponents to come clean and tell people honestly where they will be. It may all be desirable but it should not be done by stealth. Tony Greaves tonygreaves

4:20pm Tue 3 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

What utter rubbish!

The figures in the traffic study shows that there is no need for a by-pass. Vast tracts of land are to be allocated for housing and commercial development, all of it on green belt that is along with a road ploughing through open countryside and for what? So that you can cut 5 minutes off a journey?

There are no traffic problems in Foulridge or Earby or Kelbrook that justify this kind of expense that will run into hundreds of millions by the time everyone has taken a cut. If the traffic is so bad why did Mendoros and Bannister et al locate their businesse where they are?

This is a case of lets build a road and then justify it afterwards by building. The Barrowford office park hasn't been completed due to lack of uptake. All that is required is some thought on how to improve traffic flow in the immediate area around the end of the M65, which let's face it everyone knew would be made worse by Boundary Mill being allowed to build there. Why don't LCC compulsory purchase all the industrial and retail premises along North Valley put a dual carriageway through them and re-locate all the businesses to Brierfield Mill which they are also keen to spend another few million on.

By the way "Mr Bannister" Yorkshire want nothing to do with linking any roads up to Lancashire. How does a road that will end in Earby help with deliveries or the hundreds of thousands of Yorkshire visitors who are dying to get to your store. Will you be closing your Sheffield branch once everyone from Yorkshire will be able to get here so much quicker?

A road is no good if it doesn't go anywhere. How can a road from near Mr Mendoros's business to Colne be improving links with Yorkshire? Have you looked at a map?

It would be interesting to know what land was owned by some of these supporters and where it is.

I'm a Pendle businessman and I do NOT support this waste of tax payers money, destruction of beautiful contryside and get rich quick scheme.

If you think traffic in Colne is bad try driving into and around Manchester about 8am in the morning. That's congestion!!!!
What utter rubbish! The figures in the traffic study shows that there is no need for a by-pass. Vast tracts of land are to be allocated for housing and commercial development, all of it on green belt that is along with a road ploughing through open countryside and for what? So that you can cut 5 minutes off a journey? There are no traffic problems in Foulridge or Earby or Kelbrook that justify this kind of expense that will run into hundreds of millions by the time everyone has taken a cut. If the traffic is so bad why did Mendoros and Bannister et al locate their businesse where they are? This is a case of lets build a road and then justify it afterwards by building. The Barrowford office park hasn't been completed due to lack of uptake. All that is required is some thought on how to improve traffic flow in the immediate area around the end of the M65, which let's face it everyone knew would be made worse by Boundary Mill being allowed to build there. Why don't LCC compulsory purchase all the industrial and retail premises along North Valley put a dual carriageway through them and re-locate all the businesses to Brierfield Mill which they are also keen to spend another few million on. By the way "Mr Bannister" Yorkshire want nothing to do with linking any roads up to Lancashire. How does a road that will end in Earby help with deliveries or the hundreds of thousands of Yorkshire visitors who are dying to get to your store. Will you be closing your Sheffield branch once everyone from Yorkshire will be able to get here so much quicker? A road is no good if it doesn't go anywhere. How can a road from near Mr Mendoros's business to Colne be improving links with Yorkshire? Have you looked at a map? It would be interesting to know what land was owned by some of these supporters and where it is. I'm a Pendle businessman and I do NOT support this waste of tax payers money, destruction of beautiful contryside and get rich quick scheme. If you think traffic in Colne is bad try driving into and around Manchester about 8am in the morning. That's congestion!!!! It's a spade!

4:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Izanears says...

tonygreaves wrote:
Colne is often congested, particularly at peak times and on Fridays, but it is not helpful to overstate the problem. Typical delays of five or ten minutes (more at the worst times) would not be thought to be a problem at all in most large urban areas.

It would be interesting to know where the estimates of 5000 new jobs and £2billion to the economy each year come from. If these involve a lot of new building of business parks and housing along the route of the new road, it is time for the proponents to come clean and tell people honestly where they will be.

It may all be desirable but it should not be done by stealth.

Tony Greaves
If this post is from Lord/ Councillor Greaves, I find it strange that on this occasion he criticises someone for claiming that X new jobs will be created. After all it is ploy he has used more than once. Years ago I remember him going into raptures about a new NHS building opening on the Whitewalls estate. According to him it would bring graduates by the score into the area.
[quote][p][bold]tonygreaves[/bold] wrote: Colne is often congested, particularly at peak times and on Fridays, but it is not helpful to overstate the problem. Typical delays of five or ten minutes (more at the worst times) would not be thought to be a problem at all in most large urban areas. It would be interesting to know where the estimates of 5000 new jobs and £2billion to the economy each year come from. If these involve a lot of new building of business parks and housing along the route of the new road, it is time for the proponents to come clean and tell people honestly where they will be. It may all be desirable but it should not be done by stealth. Tony Greaves[/p][/quote]If this post is from Lord/ Councillor Greaves, I find it strange that on this occasion he criticises someone for claiming that X new jobs will be created. After all it is ploy he has used more than once. Years ago I remember him going into raptures about a new NHS building opening on the Whitewalls estate. According to him it would bring graduates by the score into the area. Izanears

7:01am Wed 4 Dec 13

jenkinsroy says...

HOW WILL COLNE BENEFIT FROM THIS ROAD????
can Mr Mike Damms tell us where he gets all his
the amount of 5000 on the jobs??
And also will it be all unemployed U.K. people in the area
to work on this road or will the immigrants that are
on there way get the jobs.
So you lot can save money by the cheap labour they offer
we in COLNE want to know now .
HOW WILL COLNE BENEFIT FROM THIS ROAD???? can Mr Mike Damms tell us where he gets all his the amount of 5000 on the jobs?? And also will it be all unemployed U.K. people in the area to work on this road or will the immigrants that are on there way get the jobs. So you lot can save money by the cheap labour they offer we in COLNE want to know now . jenkinsroy

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