Colne bypass consultation 'disaster'

A COUNTY councillor representing villages set to be affected by the Colne bypass has labelled the consultation a ‘disaster’.

County Coun Paul White has called on county hall bosses to extend the consultation, which is due to end tomorrow.

In a letter to council leader County Coun Jennifer Mein and the interim chief executive Jo Turton, County Coun White said: “The residents of Blacko, Foulridge and Higherford are already raising concerns about the consultation process, and I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with them. This week I spent almost three hours at Foulridge Parish Council listening to how the residents there feel they have been kept in the dark with a sham consultation.

“The process has been nothing sort of a disaster to be perfectly honest.

“The way the proposals were announced was quite frankly without any regard for the people who would be affected whatsoever.

“Has there been a deliberate attempt to make this the consultation which does not consult? It is beginning to look as though this consultation is just part of a process, rather than to actually listen to the views of residents..”

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6:13pm Thu 5 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

Never mind extending the consultation.

This is a totally unneccessary waste of money and complete overkill.

The answer total some local issues around the end of the M65 is not to drive a road right through beautiful countryside at a costs of Millions of pounds, for no benefit whatsoever to anyone who lives there. In addition because there is no economic argument for it they propose that there will have to be industrial/commercia
l sites at either end taking up even more unspoilt countryside.

In all the years I have lived around this area I have never really considered the traffic to be that bad in Colne anyway. Driving into Manchester or on the M60 in the morning is a hundred times worse. There are no traffic problems in Kelbrook, Foulridge or Earby that need by-passing!

All that will happen is that traffic jams will be moved to the end of the by-pass and more traffic created to go to the new "employment" areas. Any businesses in any of the by-passed villages that rely on passing trade might as well shut up shop now.

Yorkshire will not get involved and refuse to offer any sort of link to the other end so again it will be a road to nowhere. Any chance (however slim) of re-instating the railway will be removed forever. There hasn't even been a study to show whether a re-opened railway would be viable or not.

The environmental impact and effect on tourism will be huge. A major road will plough off past Barrowford Locks and the reservoir past Wanless following the canal and railway track bed. Not only that but all the fields that you see will be filled with industrial units, office blocks etc.

Have a look at the traffic study on the LCC website. You can see that there has been no increase in traffic through Foulridge etc. Where is the justification for this vandalism?
Never mind extending the consultation. This is a totally unneccessary waste of money and complete overkill. The answer total some local issues around the end of the M65 is not to drive a road right through beautiful countryside at a costs of Millions of pounds, for no benefit whatsoever to anyone who lives there. In addition because there is no economic argument for it they propose that there will have to be industrial/commercia l sites at either end taking up even more unspoilt countryside. In all the years I have lived around this area I have never really considered the traffic to be that bad in Colne anyway. Driving into Manchester or on the M60 in the morning is a hundred times worse. There are no traffic problems in Kelbrook, Foulridge or Earby that need by-passing! All that will happen is that traffic jams will be moved to the end of the by-pass and more traffic created to go to the new "employment" areas. Any businesses in any of the by-passed villages that rely on passing trade might as well shut up shop now. Yorkshire will not get involved and refuse to offer any sort of link to the other end so again it will be a road to nowhere. Any chance (however slim) of re-instating the railway will be removed forever. There hasn't even been a study to show whether a re-opened railway would be viable or not. The environmental impact and effect on tourism will be huge. A major road will plough off past Barrowford Locks and the reservoir past Wanless following the canal and railway track bed. Not only that but all the fields that you see will be filled with industrial units, office blocks etc. Have a look at the traffic study on the LCC website. You can see that there has been no increase in traffic through Foulridge etc. Where is the justification for this vandalism? It's a spade!

8:18am Fri 6 Dec 13

jenkinsroy says...

STOP NOW THIS WASTE OF MONEY
that will not do any thing to cut the amount
of CARS ON THE ROAD.
This is the problem not we need a new road
The Lancashire county council are only interested
in how much money they can make out of this road
not the in packed on the town or the county side
money money money this is all they see nothing else
STOP NOW THIS WASTE OF MONEY that will not do any thing to cut the amount of CARS ON THE ROAD. This is the problem not we need a new road The Lancashire county council are only interested in how much money they can make out of this road not the in packed on the town or the county side money money money this is all they see nothing else jenkinsroy

11:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

David Richardson says...

Colne is in urgent need of a bypass!!

We just need to make sure it is a good option that upsets the least amount of people.

BUT we definitely need it!!
Colne is in urgent need of a bypass!! We just need to make sure it is a good option that upsets the least amount of people. BUT we definitely need it!! David Richardson

4:01pm Mon 9 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

Widen Vivary Way!

Intelligent Traffic signals.

Better routing of local traffic.

NO "employment zones" industrial estates and office parks. No houses in the green belt!

Take a walk from Barrowfird Locks past Fouldridge, enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquility. Then kiss it goodbye!!
Widen Vivary Way! Intelligent Traffic signals. Better routing of local traffic. NO "employment zones" industrial estates and office parks. No houses in the green belt! Take a walk from Barrowfird Locks past Fouldridge, enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquility. Then kiss it goodbye!! It's a spade!

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