Lidl signs in Westhoughton 'would be health and safety hazard'

The Bolton News: Lidl signs in Westhoughton 'would be health and safety hazard' Lidl signs in Westhoughton 'would be health and safety hazard'

PLANS to put up four signs advertising supermarket giant Lidl on a busy Westhoughton roundabout have been slammed as a health and safety hazard by town councillors.

The Chequerbent roundabout on the A6 has a poor accident record, according to the Highways Agency, yet Bolton Council chiefs are pressing ahead with plans to put up more signs.

Cllr Karen Lawrinson told a meeting of Westhoughton Town Council that Government guidelines were for councils to minimise road signage where possible so drivers that are not distracted.

Tory Cllr Phil Ashcroft argued that the town council must be consistent in voicing opposition to such proposals, even if they were from Bolton Council and “almost certain to be approved”.

Cllr Christopher Peacock, borough councillor for Westhoughton South, disagreed and said he did not think the signs posed a risk.

But he was outvoted as members agreed to recommend refusal for the application on the grounds of health and safety.

Cllr Lawrinson, said: “I don’t think there should be anything other than traffic signs on the roundabout as it is unnecessary clutter.

“The council is putting the application in itself, so I can’t see it being rejected. but I think it should be.”

Cllr Gill Williams, for Daisy Hill, said: “There is a gentlemen in Daisy Hill who recently opened a little shop and he struggled and struggled to get a road sign put up anywhere.

“It seems as though there is one law for firms like Lidl and another for the rest.”

Cllr Ashcroft said: “If the policy of this council is to decline such applications we should be consistent and not just roll over just because it will be approved when it goes to planning.”

The signs are 1.2 metres wide and 60cm tall and will carry the message ‘Lidl — where quality is cheaper’ alongside the retailer’s logo.

Bolton Council’s events and marketing team submitted the plans for the metal, pole-mounted signs on March 21.

Cllr Peacock said: “I have got no problem with this at all. I’m not aware of a single accident being caused by these road signs.”

A decision on the application will now be made by planning officers.

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9:35am Wed 16 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

how someone has not been seriously injured at that roundabout during the rush hour is a miracle - the mercy is that the traffic is moving slowly, but an impact between two vehicle would cause chaos. A proposal I made that consideration be given to having part time traffic lights for the rush hour be installed was turned down on the grounds that the traffic was not busy enough and the cost would be too high. Advertising is out of keeping and possibly dangerous. We have enough to watch out for.
how someone has not been seriously injured at that roundabout during the rush hour is a miracle - the mercy is that the traffic is moving slowly, but an impact between two vehicle would cause chaos. A proposal I made that consideration be given to having part time traffic lights for the rush hour be installed was turned down on the grounds that the traffic was not busy enough and the cost would be too high. Advertising is out of keeping and possibly dangerous. We have enough to watch out for. oftbewildered2
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9:46am Wed 16 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

Another bad hazard round there are the signs on the pavement outside the Mercury motel petrol station, people pulling out have to pull out into the road to see whats coming from the roundabout and often making a dash for it.
Another bad hazard round there are the signs on the pavement outside the Mercury motel petrol station, people pulling out have to pull out into the road to see whats coming from the roundabout and often making a dash for it. Wolfie190
  • Score: 3

9:59am Wed 16 Apr 14

filthy6 says...

It looks like the Bolton Council marketing team are trying to make a few bob - they have a sign up on The Crown roundabout in Horwich, advertising it to businesses
It looks like the Bolton Council marketing team are trying to make a few bob - they have a sign up on The Crown roundabout in Horwich, advertising it to businesses filthy6
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Wed 16 Apr 14

aaron86 says...

Might help if they considered mowing the grass so drivers can actually see!
Might help if they considered mowing the grass so drivers can actually see! aaron86
  • Score: 8

4:48pm Wed 16 Apr 14

marco999 says...

I'm amazed they haven't built houses on the roundabout yet, it's one of the few pieces of green left in the housing estate formerly known as Westhoughton.
I'm amazed they haven't built houses on the roundabout yet, it's one of the few pieces of green left in the housing estate formerly known as Westhoughton. marco999
  • Score: 4

9:35pm Wed 16 Apr 14

mintshaker says...

Are there not signs advertising Lidl on the roundabout already?
Are there not signs advertising Lidl on the roundabout already? mintshaker
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8:05am Thu 17 Apr 14

soup153 says...

Sorry to say this but eyes on the road. Can't see that after you flattern a cyclist 'Officer did you know there is a LIdl in Westhoughton?' working as a let off.
Sorry to say this but eyes on the road. Can't see that after you flattern a cyclist 'Officer did you know there is a LIdl in Westhoughton?' working as a let off. soup153
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8:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

Howfen Ste says...

mintshaker wrote:
Are there not signs advertising Lidl on the roundabout already?
Correct. They've been there for months!
There's far too much roadside clutter posing a danger to ALL road (and footpath) users!
[quote][p][bold]mintshaker[/bold] wrote: Are there not signs advertising Lidl on the roundabout already?[/p][/quote]Correct. They've been there for months! There's far too much roadside clutter posing a danger to ALL road (and footpath) users! Howfen Ste
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