Belmont Public Meeting 2

A solution to the road safety issues blighting a Bolton road could be in sight after a meeting of local residents placed pressure on council officers.

At a meeting organised by My Astley Bridge and Bolton Liberal Democrats campaigner Warren Fox and Kev Walsh towards the end of May, residents were given the opportunity to discuss the issues of speeding and reckless driving that have been blighting the road for decades and put forward their own solutions.

Following the meeting local councillors have confirmed that, after a full consultation with residents has taken place, options for dealing with the issue will be discussed at the Astley Bridge Forum meeting in September.

Warren Fox said: “It’s fantastic news that, after 20 years of pressure from residents, the Council are finally listening to concerns and are working on a solution, it’s just a shame it’s taken this long! When Katherine approached me about the issue at the beginning of May, my first thought was to get residents together with the police and Council to really thrash things out and come up with a workable solution. Katharine’s enthusiasm for action has been a real driving force. Residents can now be genuinely optimistic that, providing the full consultation takes place, a solution will be put in place to combat the issue that has been blighting Belmont Rd for so long.”

In an email to local residents Cllr Fairclough Said:
“We are going to have a special Area Forum in September to let residents have their say on the schemes. I realise this might seem a long way off but officers assured me that to get the necessary information and work up the schemes including costings it would take that amount of time.”

In the meantime temporary measures are being taken to alleviate the issue of speeding on the road including a speed count; local police will monitor the area for ‘Car Races’; and 30MPH signs to made trimmed of trees so motorists can see them clearly.

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