Court ruling resolves Leyland road closure saga

Scene: Stuart Duffield, pictured previously outside his home in Leyland
Scene: Stuart Duffield, pictured previously outside his home in Leyland
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A road will finally reopen to motorists this summer after a long-running wrangle was settled in court.

South Ribble Borough Council had taken action to have Longmeanygate in Leyland returned to use, following its closure after a fatal crash last year.

Preston Magistrates Court ordered the owners of a barn conversion, struck by a car in April 2013, to complete work on their property to allow the road to be used once again.

But the property’s owners claimed today it was a ‘climb-down’ by the council, which had wanted to have part of the building demolished.

They now have until July 25 to ensure that the building is structurally sound, and then work can progress to get the road reopened.

Co-owner Stuart Duffield said: “We are extremely pleased with the court ruling. This is a climb-down by the council

“They have basically agreed to to do what we suggested over 12 months ago.

“It could have saved everybody a lot of time and money.”

South Ribble Council cabinet member Coun Cliff Hughes said: “I am delighted that this ongoing issue is set to finally be resolved and that we can now move forward with Lancashire County Council to get the road open once again.

“It’s a result that I am sure local residents will welcome with open arms following more than a year of disruption. We’ve worked very hard to resolve this with all interested parties, and although it has taken much longer than we would have liked, it is a huge relief to have finally got to this stage.”

Leyland South West County Coun Michael Green said: “I’m really pleased that the road can reopen. It’s a crucial route for the local community and has caused a lot of inconvenience. I can’t comment on the negotiations but I feel an agreement could have been reached a lot earlier.”