Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 9, 2018

SPIDs And Dragons Teeth In Aughton?

The assiduous and tenacious five year campaign by residents, and particularly Colin Draper, of Long Lane in Aughton to insist on traffic speed controls on what is now known as “Wacky Races Lane” appears to be on the cusp of bearing fruit. Aughton Parish Council  minutes “Provision of Speed Indicator Devices (SPIDs) to confirm the Working Group Meeting had been held on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 to report on the bid for partnership funding towards the provision of Solar Powered Speed Indicator Devices.

“The successful bid was NOTED, ie £6,000, percentage grant rate 50% (£3,000 APC £3,000 WLBC) and it was AGREED to approve the Capital Grant Agreement (document executed as a deed) to be signed by the Clerk/Proper Officer. ii) to consider a Working Group. It was AGREED to set up a Working Group to consider the most appropriate locations for the Speed Indicator Devices (SPIDs), liaison with Lancashire County Council Highways, arrange site visits, etc. Additionally, consideration would be given to the use of CIL monies for SPIDs if the location(s) met the specific criteria”.

As we all know, the Aughton Parish Council likes its treasure chest containing public precepts [March 2018 £117,857] and CIL income [£7,356 + £13,642.51 (development on land at Aughton Chase, Springfield Road)] to be kept locked tight!

But now Colin Draper has been told by LCC “Further to your telephone call from earlier this week regarding the provision of SPID signs in Aughton please find as promised an update of where this project is up to.

“The locations put forward by Aughton Parish Council (APC) were assessed earlier this week and the parish council has been informed of the approved locations for the installation of a moveable SPID sign. A location has also been approved for a permanent sign at the 30mph gateway on Long Lane. We will look to progress this project as soon as we can when we have heard back from the parish council. In addition we (LCC) also have funding available to install additional road markings at the 30mph gateway on Long Lane, namely a 30mph road roundel and dragons teeth , to bring this site in line with the road markings at other 30mph gateways in Aughton”.

How many SPIDs? Locals have memories of the APC suggesting we would have a permanent SPID on Long Lane and we could have three more SPIDs for moving around Aughton. Depends on that locked chest pouring out the cash that road safety in Aughton demands!

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