West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the reopening of the footpath serving the Almond Tree bus stop on Gillibrands Road.
Angry residents reported to Rosie Cooper MP that as part of the housing development on the old Skelmersdale Sports Centre site, Gleeson had 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 were particularly concerned as many children use this crossing to get to the bus stop for school in the mornings and evenings.
MP Rosie wrote to both Lancashire County Council and Gleeson Homes Chief Executive seeking immediate attention. LCC have now confirmed that the footpath has been reopened.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Lancashire County Council, who are the local highways authority, have now confirmed to me that the footpath has been reopened, following the installation of essential surface water drainage for the new housing development.
“I am pleased that the situation has now been resolved but this is something that should never have happened in the first place.
“It is an utter disgrace that residents of Digmoor were 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 left 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 included children 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!”