New recycling centre at Over Hulton 'is causing huge traffic problems'

The Bolton News: Alan Turner is angry with the level of traffic Alan Turner is angry with the level of traffic

A NEW recycling “super centre” is causing huge traffic queues — creating problems for local residents.

The new centre officially opened at Salford Road, Over Hulton, in October after a decision was made by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority to close a smaller recycling facility in Blackrod, along with six others across Greater Manchester.

Alan Turner, who lives opposite the entrance to the super centre, said that at weekends, large traffic jams are forming near to the site.

He said: “When the centre first opened things worked quite well and traffic was free flowing in the area, but now it is ridiculous and on Saturdays, there is traffic queuing as far as the eye can see.

“I think the powers that be need to do something about the entrance to the site because it is immediately off the main road.”

Mr Turner, who has lived in Salford Road since 2005, said he feared the situation will get worse as the weather improves, adding: “Can you imagine what it is going to be like around here during the summer when everybody is bringing their garden waste to drop at the plant?”

A spokesman for GMWDA said the site had been designed with a long queuing lane to “minimise any residual road traffic”.

He added: “The opening hours are as per the site’s planning conditions approved by Bolton Council. Unfortunately, if residents arrive early to the site and want to queue up, we are not able to do anything to stop this.”

GMWDA said that feedback received from a community liaison group meeting in February suggested that queuing traffic at the site was “no longer a problem”.

A community newsletter will be distributed in the area announcing that the centre’s opening hours will change from this week, when the centre will be open from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The spokesman added: “We are happy to conduct a further assessment over the weekends and place additional advertising if required following these results.”

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8:19am Tue 1 Apr 14

breightmet kid says...

The part of Salford Road referred to is within the Bolton MBC boundary, looks like we have another fine mess.
The part of Salford Road referred to is within the Bolton MBC boundary, looks like we have another fine mess. breightmet kid
  • Score: -3

8:31am Tue 1 Apr 14

Harkin about says...

Shock horror news -- Cars queueing on a public road !!

Just checking todays date !
Shock horror news -- Cars queueing on a public road !! Just checking todays date ! Harkin about
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9:08am Tue 1 Apr 14

filthy6 says...

Harkin about wrote:
Shock horror news -- Cars queueing on a public road !! Just checking todays date !
Now this has been highlighted - howlong before that video car will be round to make a few quid?
[quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: Shock horror news -- Cars queueing on a public road !! Just checking todays date ![/p][/quote]Now this has been highlighted - howlong before that video car will be round to make a few quid? filthy6
  • Score: 3

9:18am Tue 1 Apr 14

Phil from Smithills says...

The Union Road, Waters Meeting waste disposal site should never been closed, it was very busy most times of the day.

I wonder if the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority visited the very busy site prior to closure?

Looking-up the details of this authority , at least it was pleasing to see it has its base address as Oldham, LANCASHIRE..
The Union Road, Waters Meeting waste disposal site should never been closed, it was very busy most times of the day. I wonder if the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority visited the very busy site prior to closure? Looking-up the details of this authority , at least it was pleasing to see it has its base address as Oldham, LANCASHIRE.. Phil from Smithills
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11:21am Tue 1 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

This was always going to be an issue and it is no surprise the authorities are blowing it off in such a way. Things had to change of course, no doubt about that - I'm sure the smaller tips this facility replaces had their own set of issues.

I've used the Over Hulton facility and have marvelled at its ludicrous design. The signage is particularly stupid I noticed, the signs are parallel to the cars so cannot be seen - hence there's a glut of people wandering up and down the isle trying to find the right skip. Designed by a p r i c k, anyone else would have designed high level signs people can see.

Parking is parallel instead if diagonal with an unloading space behind. Ok, with diagonals there is an issue with reversing into traffic BUT traffic is moving slowly and expects people to reverse out. The result of parallel parking is double parking, people struggling to get in spaces, limited number of spaces and hence a backlog on the main road. Designed by a numbnuts.
This was always going to be an issue and it is no surprise the authorities are blowing it off in such a way. Things had to change of course, no doubt about that - I'm sure the smaller tips this facility replaces had their own set of issues. I've used the Over Hulton facility and have marvelled at its ludicrous design. The signage is particularly stupid I noticed, the signs are parallel to the cars so cannot be seen - hence there's a glut of people wandering up and down the isle trying to find the right skip. Designed by a p r i c k, anyone else would have designed high level signs people can see. Parking is parallel instead if diagonal with an unloading space behind. Ok, with diagonals there is an issue with reversing into traffic BUT traffic is moving slowly and expects people to reverse out. The result of parallel parking is double parking, people struggling to get in spaces, limited number of spaces and hence a backlog on the main road. Designed by a numbnuts. Don Kiddick
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12:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

djalan says...

Harkin about wrote:
Shock horror news -- Cars queueing on a public road !! Just checking todays date !
For your ignorant information the queue of traffic was at sucht that two ambulances with sirens blaring had to force traffic on the opposite side of the road onto the pavement in order to get thru This is a main thorough fare for Bolton General Hospital which lies behind our houses. Perhaps next time they might be for you It seems from how early you placed your stupid comment you have nothing to do all day ? perhaps a job may help?
[quote][p][bold]Harkin about[/bold] wrote: Shock horror news -- Cars queueing on a public road !! Just checking todays date ![/p][/quote]For your ignorant information the queue of traffic was at sucht that two ambulances with sirens blaring had to force traffic on the opposite side of the road onto the pavement in order to get thru This is a main thorough fare for Bolton General Hospital which lies behind our houses. Perhaps next time they might be for you [ with any luck ] It seems from how early you placed your stupid comment you have nothing to do all day ? perhaps a job may help? djalan
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Tue 1 Apr 14

djalan says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
This was always going to be an issue and it is no surprise the authorities are blowing it off in such a way. Things had to change of course, no doubt about that - I'm sure the smaller tips this facility replaces had their own set of issues. I've used the Over Hulton facility and have marvelled at its ludicrous design. The signage is particularly stupid I noticed, the signs are parallel to the cars so cannot be seen - hence there's a glut of people wandering up and down the isle trying to find the right skip. Designed by a p r i c k, anyone else would have designed high level signs people can see. Parking is parallel instead if diagonal with an unloading space behind. Ok, with diagonals there is an issue with reversing into traffic BUT traffic is moving slowly and expects people to reverse out. The result of parallel parking is double parking, people struggling to get in spaces, limited number of spaces and hence a backlog on the main road. Designed by a numbnuts.
Well said Don designed by numbnuts is putting it mildy though.
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: This was always going to be an issue and it is no surprise the authorities are blowing it off in such a way. Things had to change of course, no doubt about that - I'm sure the smaller tips this facility replaces had their own set of issues. I've used the Over Hulton facility and have marvelled at its ludicrous design. The signage is particularly stupid I noticed, the signs are parallel to the cars so cannot be seen - hence there's a glut of people wandering up and down the isle trying to find the right skip. Designed by a p r i c k, anyone else would have designed high level signs people can see. Parking is parallel instead if diagonal with an unloading space behind. Ok, with diagonals there is an issue with reversing into traffic BUT traffic is moving slowly and expects people to reverse out. The result of parallel parking is double parking, people struggling to get in spaces, limited number of spaces and hence a backlog on the main road. Designed by a numbnuts.[/p][/quote]Well said Don designed by numbnuts is putting it mildy though. djalan
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Tue 1 Apr 14

djalan says...

I wonder how many councillors in office who voted for this monstrosity of a building that commandeers a massive main road veiwing has one of these outside there house? doesnt take rocket science to figure that one out? These same councillors made me pull a porch down on the front of my house because it wasnt inkeeping with the area??? Then' get this' they allow a massive monstasity of a building to be built opposite my house with an entrance just off a main A road. Councillors mmmm think that should be Morons it has more of a ring to it dont you think.
I wonder how many councillors in office who voted for this monstrosity of a building that commandeers a massive main road veiwing has one of these outside there house? doesnt take rocket science to figure that one out? These same councillors made me pull a porch down on the front of my house because it wasnt inkeeping with the area??? Then' get this' they allow a massive monstasity of a building to be built opposite my house with an entrance just off a main A road. Councillors mmmm think that should be Morons it has more of a ring to it dont you think. djalan
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Tue 1 Apr 14

alan1954 says...

At a January meeting with Virridor/GMWDA. Once again this issue was brought up by a resident, very concerned about road safety.
They said they would check this out and monitor this , but it wasnt really a problem they could resolve. But would carry out more advertisement about opening hours. Since this meeting I Have personally seen litter and rubbish dumped close by.
When are the authority going to do something about this.
On another note there are about to be a further 200 vehicles+ per day using this road.
At a January meeting with Virridor/GMWDA. Once again this issue was brought up by a resident, very concerned about road safety. They said they would check this out and monitor this , but it wasnt really a problem they could resolve. But would carry out more advertisement about opening hours. Since this meeting I Have personally seen litter and rubbish dumped close by. When are the authority going to do something about this. On another note there are about to be a further 200 vehicles+ per day using this road. alan1954
  • Score: -3

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