Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Compensate Residents for Traffic Chaos, says Councillor

As thousands of commuters have been left fuming in traffic with the closure of of Back Caton Road as part of the work on the Kingsway development, local residents haven't had it easy, either. To solve the traffic problem, traffic has been routed through Bulk Road, pushing thousands of extra vehicles past people’s homes at all hours of day and night.

County Council highway engineers have also completely blocked the footpath at the Kingsway end of Skerton Bridge by placing a huge road sign on the footpath warning motorists of the diversion.

“The noise, pollution and increased road traffic danger on Bulk Road as a result of these traffic changes is unacceptable," says Councillor John Whitelegg (Green, Bulk Ward), of the disruption to people’s lives and the road traffic danger. "It's making the lives of local residents a misery and nothing has been done to help them cope with the mess.

"The dumping of a large road sign on the Skerton Bridge footpath adds insult to injury and is forcing Skerton residents to walk in the road to get round it and, even worse, forcing those with pushchairs and children onto the road if they need to get past the obstruction. It would be completely impossible for someone in a wheelchair to get across Skerton Bridge at the moment.

"The road sign should be removed immediately."

John has written to the County Council cabinet member responsible for highways and transport (Councillor Hanson) and asked her to instruct County Council staff to get rid of the footpath obstruction immediately and he has written to the Kingsway developers to ask them to compensate every household on Bulk Road and Gladstone Terrace with an ex gratia payment of £100 as a small offer of gratitude for putting up with such a mess.

Carnforth Swimming Pool Coses for Improvements

Carnforth Community Swimming Pool is to undergo improvement works and as a result the swimming pool will close on Monday 25th August 25 for two weeks, reopening at 6.30am on 8th September.

The improvements, which will cost some £44,000, include the re-grouting of the pool and installation of new equipment in the plant room, leading to improved water quality.

The closure will also provide the opportunity for general maintenance works.

Tickets and passes will be valid for use at the community pools in Hornby and Heysham.

Folk at the Gillow: September Dates

((with thanks to Tony Cooke): Here's the line up for folk events at the Robert Gillow on Upper Market Street, Lancaster, for September:

Thursday 4 September: Hard Times
Hard Times comprises Andrew Service (bass), Gordon Johnston (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Laurie Johnston (everything) – all superb musicians playing a mixture of traditional and modern tunes and songs from the UK, the USA and Europe. They are some of the finest acoustic musicians around, they always present dazzling entertainment, and we give ‘em to you for free!

Thursday 11 September: Glyn Shipman
New to the Gillow, Glyn Shipman is a singer and guitarist from Ribchester. He is usually to be heard around Preston, East Lancashire or “on the fringe” of the Colne R&B Festival. Tonight he will present a mixture of his own material and songs by the likes of Neil Young, the Beatles, Bowie etc.

Thursday 18 September: The Ugly Jug Band
The ancient and revered tradition of the jug band – exquisitely performed by a duo of local virtuosi whose deep knowledge and understanding of the genre will soften the heart of the most care-worn and cynical. The rarefied talents of these musicians, the breadth of tonality and sonority of their instrumentation and their subtlety of rhythmic dynamism, serve to counterpoint the poetic and cryptic nature of the lyrical content.

Thursday 25 September: Simon Nicholls
Simon lives in Rugby and is a singer and guitarist of great repute who makes regular tours of Great Britain. A set from Simon will typically contain both traditional and contemporary songs in the folk idiom, together with pieces borrowed from the world of rock music. He is an all round entertainer and a perfect accompaniment to a pint or two.