Posted by: westlancashirerecord | August 15, 2018

Four Years And Long Lane Is Still Waiting For SPIDs

WLR copies the excellent QLocal report and a picture of what happened in Aughton last night. “These long skid marks  tell their own story after a near miss involving a tractor and young cyclist last night in Aughton.

“The incident happened early evening at the junction of Long Lane, Parrs Lane and Scarth Hill Lane; the young cyclist was seen walking along Long Lane towards Aughton Park station with his badly damaged bike, its wheel buckled after the accident. It’s a story which could have had a very unhappy ending – but thankfully not this time…”. 

http://www.qlocal.co.uk/ormskirk/news_list/Aughton_cyclist_lives_to_tell_the_tale_after_near_miss_with_tractor-55032695.htm

But no thanks to the Aughton Parish Council, as residents of Long Lane have fought for traffic controlling measures there for four years. People like Colin Draper attended APC meeting after meeting and asked for SPIDs to be strategically placed. All to no avail, the cash rich APC would not spend any of its considerable reserves.

August 2014 APC Minutes “A resident from Long Lane asked if an update had been received in respect of concerns raised at the May Meeting about vehicle speeds on Parrs Lane/Long Lane? The Chairman advised that Councillor O’Toole had taken this matter up with officers at County Hall and an update was awaited”. September 2014 “A resident from Long Lane asked if an update had been received from Aughton’s County Councillor about concerns raised at the May Meeting in respect of vehicle speeds on Parrs Lane/Long Lane? The Chairman advised that the matter had been taken up with officers at County Hall and an update was still awaited”. And thereafter it went on, as Long Lane was known to be like a race track.

As mentioned so often, Aughton Parish Council is cash rich. From a cash balance of £98,775 in 2015, its cash reserves have risen to £117,857 in 2018. Despite this the APC refused to invest in SPIDs on Long Lane. Never mind whose money it is, it won’t be spent on what the public might need because, it is, apparently, earmarked for we know not what.

But then came the idea of SPID matched funding. Give us half, we pay half, and never mind that it ALL comes from Aughton/West Lancashire taxpayers. Why should taxpayers in Skelmersdale, or Burscough, long denied facilities they need, pay for Long Lane SPIDs? As reported by WLBC “I can confirm that a decision was made to award grant funding to Aughton Parish Council for their SPID parish capital application on 23/5/18 and they were informed of this decision on the 25/5/18. The Borough Council will provide 50% match funding for this scheme with a maximum contribution of £3,000” a decision that must have brought tears of joy to the APC bean-counters.

We have no idea when the match-funded SPIDs will be installed. Residents and users of Long Lane will hope it doesn’t take another four years, but who would bet against it, even after last night’s wake-up call?


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