West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has hit out at Lancashire County Council Highways and Gleeson Homes who are developing houses at the old Skelmersdale Sports Centre site.
Angry residents have reported to Rosie Cooper MP that as part of the construction, Gleeson have fenced off the footpath leading from the bus stop on Gillibrands Road at Daniels Lane/Almond Tree to the pedestrian crossing over Digmoor Road to Banksbarn.
Parents from Banksbarn have been particularly concerned as many children use this crossing to get to the bus stop for school in the mornings and evenings.
MP Rosie has written to both Lancashire County Council and Gleeson Homes Chief Executive seeking immediate attention. She said:
“It is an utter disgrace that residents of Digmoor are treated with such flagrant disregard by Gleeson Homes and Lancashire County Council who appear to think it is acceptable to force pedestrians to walk on the highway.
“By closing this section of footpath they leave pedestrians with no other option to walk between the Almond Tree bus stop and the ‘Bs’ than to walk on the busy main road.
“This includes children now who use the bus for their daily commute to school, and there has clearly been no consideration either for those in wheelchairs or prams, the elderly, or anyone it seems!
“I have written to both LCC and Gleeson asking that this situation be resolved urgently before someone is injured or killed.”