‘As if that stretch of road isnt bad enough’

The decision means Sumpter Horse landlady Marilyn McDonald will lose her home and livelihood
The decision means Sumpter Horse landlady Marilyn McDonald will lose her home and livelihood

A planning inspector’s decision to allow access to hundreds of new homes through the site of a pub has caused concern among Post readers.

The Sumpter Horse Pub in Penwortham is to be demolished after Bovis Homes’ appeal for a T-junction off Leyland Road was successful.

Penwortham Mill - regeneration plans

Penwortham Mill - regeneration plans

South Ribble Council wanted access to the Penwortham Mills site via a nearby Cross Borough Link Road, but the building of this has been delayed.

The decision means pub landlady Marilyn McDonald will lose her job and home. Local councillors also raised concerns about traffic in the area, which has been echoed by readers.

Darren James said: “I hope none of the new residents will mind queuing to join the morning queue in either direction on Leyland Road, and then repeating to get home at night.”

Norman Ashton said: “A recent survey suggested South Ribble was the best place in Britain to live. Funny they should say that, as congestion in and around Lostock Hall-Bamber Bridge-Leyland hits an all time high with travel time into Preston taking upto an hour or more at peak times.”

Sue Blackwell said: “As if that stretch of road isnt bad enough. This is a joke and an accident waiting to happen.”

Antony Rishton said: “Why can’t the entry/exit road be placed on The Cawsey? Surely that makes more sense considering this is where the massive housing development is being built.”

However, Tony Alty said: “Everyone’s house’s will up in value and more jobs for local builders and more opportunities for modern living in the area. The only downside is congestion.”

Hazel Smith said: “We lived near it and we were told then the plans. We never thought it would happen 38 years later!”