New proposals for Cuerden’s development are already facing criticism.Advertisement
The Limit Cuerden group have launched a petition against the plans from Lancashire County Council.
Previously anchored by IKEA the Cuerden complex could now become a major logistics and warehouse depot.
John Jones from the group has been leading the campaign to restrict the development off the M65 and the A582.
He told Blog Preston: “It’s disappointing to learn of these new plans through the media.
“Residents felt ignored when Ikea was signed up to the scheme, there’s been no consultation this time and the news has come out of the blue. Again, the big issue is traffic.
“Anyone who travels from junction 29 of the M6 along Lostock Lane towards Leyland and Penwortham will know it’s already severely congested.
“This will add hundreds of dirty polluting diesel lorries into the daily mix. At least the previous scheme had some different access points on Wigan Road and Stanfield Lane. This doesn’t.
“Will lorries be prevented from travelling along Lostock Lane? Will the roundabouts be widened? There’s a lot of detail missing.
“The very real concern is about the pollution the diesel lorries will bring. Studies have shown that traffic pollution is a leading cause of childhood Asthma and is linked to cases of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Do we want the population of South Ribble to become ill?
“Many hundreds of carbon absorbing trees have already been needlessly felled from the site. How will the council deal with rising pollution levels?
“There’s huge housing developments planned in neighbouring Moss Side and in Penwortham, the road network won’t cope.”
A petition against the Cuerden development is running on the Change.org website.
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