The Ongoing Embuggerance of Long Lane Wacky Races
Back in September 2019, Fighting Fiona Jenkins, resident of Long Lane wrote to LCC “Subject: Re: Long Lane Aughton – The Most Dangerous Lane in West Lancashire (ticket ref 150050)
FAO Mr Stephen Young
“I read your letter dated the 07th May 2019 with interest concerning the ongoing traffic issues on Long Lane. The initial point that drew my interest was your contention (in paragraph 3) that the information I sent to you from the residents was “anecdotal”. I don’t know if you’re aware but information that’s considered “anecdotal” in nature posits it’s derived from a very small number of cherry-picked people (this constitutes typically less than 10).
“Here, the number of across-the-board people is 60 and all these people are citing the same problems. Such information would therefore qualify as valid in a court of law and therefore should be used when considering the requirement for highway safety in a particular location as it’s relevant, pertinent and within scope in this instance.
“I then went on to read in paragraph 4 your assertion that surveys show Long Lane experiences similar traffic density and volume to that of nearby (roads) note here we’re considering a Lane not a Road so it’s important one compares apples with apples, not bananas. We would like to review the detail behind the comparison you mention, what are you comparing against?
“Then in paragraphs 6 & 7 you state you plan to go ahead with the “dragons teeth” and “roundel road markings”
along with the Parish Council’s intent to install “smiley faces”. Firstly, your letter is dated 07th May 2019, it is today 01st Sept 2019. In four months and in fact, now over two years since speeding was deemed an issue on the Lane, we still see nothing.
“We do ask therefore, when are these vanity solutions to be installed? Where do you source your attestation that these vanity solutions work – research I’ve located and sent to you is antithetical. When can their efficacy be measured and indeed how might you suggest this is done? If these measures are found not to solve the issue, what is the alternative (physical obstacles) and what is the timescale on that decision, installation and review?
“It’d be exceedingly helpful if you could please provide a contact in order that we can collectively be informed of progress with this matter until it is rightfully resolved.
“Yours sincerely, Long Lane Residents”.
Undated, presumed September 2019 Dear Ms Jenkins
Thank you for your email below which has been received by Stephen Young passed to officers within the Highways and Road Safety Teams who will look into the issues which you have raised and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
Reference : SY /LL 48290
Thanks, Lorraine Leach
On 9 January 2020 Pamela Ward, a resident of Long Lane, wrote
“Good morning Ms Cooper and Council representatives. In addition to all the correspondence and continuous campaigning that Fiona has very kindly been doing already regarding the death trap that is Long Lane, Aughton, I am extremely disappointed in having to contact you again.
“Over the last 12 months Long Lane has become increasingly worse I’m afraid. It is a death trap quite simply. I am completely fed up with feeling like we are living on the M6, and the council, police and highways people couldn’t care less.
“I am asking for you to revisit this problem and as a minimum monitor the speed and volume of traffic over a reasonable period of time. Not at 12 o clock on a Wednesday, I am talking about peak traffic times to be included. There are trucks, lorries and buses flying up and down constantly well in excess of the 30mph speed limit (which is still too high) will absolutely no regard to life or residents.
“I work from home most days and am more than happy to provide video evidence of this constant problem. These people are breaking the law and putting the lives of adults, children and animals at risk every day of the week.
“Sooner or later someone is going to be killed so I hope you can live with that on your conscience after years of it being brought to your attention with absolutely NOTHING done about it.
“I look forward to your response.
“Regards. Pam Ward on behalf of the Long Lane residents”.
Today, 10 January, Fighting Fiona wrote
“Completely agree with Pam, the speeding persists, the danger persists, the smiley face that lights up on the pole is impotent, drivers simply ignore it.
“On several occasions upon returning to work and heading into the residential section drivers have sped up and overtook me causing the smiley face to have a seizure, they don’t care. It is pitch black and people are out walking dogs, have poor junction visibility, the road is slippery….there is no legislating for stupidity unfortunately, but I have a solution if the council in their ivory-tax-paid-for-towers remain unable to carry out their fiscal duty, because I don’t want blood on my hands .
“Give me a speed camera
it can be placed right outside my house, I would venture Pam may want to enter into a bun fight for one, we may agree to timeshare? Who knows, but the amount of dangerous speeding we all endure and witness on a DAILY basis, I could fund a cruise for my family every single year lodging in the luxury suite with the revenue. Give me a speed camera.
“Oh, I attach yet another accident recently at one of the “anecdotal” black-spots, Stephen Young. The problem is not going away. It is getting to be like a stale music hall joke”.
Thus far the problem isn’t going away and neither are Fiona and Pam, and probably many more residents of long Lane who suffer from the embuggerant attitude of LCC. The Aughton Parish Council funded the smiley face traffic speed indicators. It just received another £13,636.94 of CIL for land at the junction of Long Lane/Aughton Park Drive. The only people who should benefit from that windfall should surely be local residents?
The answer may have been provided by Fiona with this article which details a scheme just right for Long Lane. Perhaps APC/LCC might just get on with it?