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Old cottages on Preston Western Distributor route being dug out

Posted on - 6th February, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Cottam, History, Lea, Politics, Preston News
Pickerings Cottages dig
Pickering’s Cottages dig

Archaeological digs are taking place at cottages in Cottam.

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Lancashire County Council has begun the work as part of the proposed Preston Western Distributor.

The new road will link a new junction on the M55 to the A583 at the Docks.

Pickering’s Cottages, on land owned by Andy Bradshaw, is being excavated to see what historic remnants are there if any.

Mr Bradshaw said: “They are working to dig out these old cottages on the canal.

“A part of this will be used for a pillar for the new link road.

“I believe the county council is spending nearly £10,000 on digging this out, they’ll do a 3D model, and then fill it all back in. I don’t get the point of it.

“I would be happy to donate this land to the city if someone wanted to preserve these cottages.

“Apparently the cottages were built so that the occupants would look after the canal and bridges.”

Ruins of the Pickering's Cottages
Ruins of the Pickering’s Cottages

The Western Distributor looks set to go to a legal battle, as landowners and the county council are locked in dispute over what the land needed for the new road is worth.

The Secretary of State for Transport has been asked to step in and decide on the matter.

A spokesman for the county council, said: “This work is required as part of the planning permission for the Preston Western Distributor, to record archaeological information on this site.”

Read more: Penwortham and Walton-le-Dale link road work continues

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