Bollards in Greenbank Road have been temporarily removed to allow for a new Covid vaccination programme.Advertisement
Residents of Penwortham became concerned when they saw the bollards had disappeared, however Lancashire County Council have confirmed to Blog Preston that this is only a temporary measure.
The Penwortham Cricket Club is currently acting as a Covid-19 vaccination centre, and as the club is accessed through a private road which the council don’t have permission for public use, the old gate has been re-established for the time being.
A network of seven GP surgeries, the Ribble Management Group, have combined to set up the vaccination surgery – and asked LCC to remove the bollards.
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A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We’ve been working closely with the NHS to establish a Covid-19 vaccination centre at Penwortham Cricket Club to support the urgent roll-out of the vaccination programme.
“The usual entrance to the cricket club is via a private road, however as we do not have permission to use this for public access, the disused gated access to the site from Greenbank Road has been re-established and temporarily widened.
“We have removed the bollards to manage visitor traffic, and allow a one-system to operate on Greenbank Road, with visitors being directed to enter from the north and exit to the south.
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“This is a temporary arrangement as part of the emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic, and we’re grateful for people’s patience while it is needed. The one-way system has been established using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, and we will restore the bollards on Greenbank Road once the centre is no longer needed.
“Attendance at the centre is by appointment only so we know the level of expected traffic will be around 30 vehicles an hour. We do not expect this to cause significant traffic issues, however marshalls employed by the NHS will monitor the site during the first week to ensure that it operates safely.”
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