‘Work complete’ to allow Longmeanygate to finally reopen

The converted barn in Longmeanygate, Leyland
The converted barn in Longmeanygate, Leyland

The owners of a converted Leyland barn which was damaged in a fatal road smash say work has been completed to finally allow a road to reopen.

Longmeanygate has been closed to traffic since April last year, when Stuart Duffield and Lindsay Cavanagh’s home was part-destroyed after a high-speed police chase ended in a car ploughing into their lounge in the middle of the night.

Now, it seems the end is in sight for the long-running, ‘frustrating and complicated saga’, which has seen traffic diverted around the busy commuter road for the past 15 months.

South Ribble Council secured a court order in May this year requiring the homeowners to make the building safe, allowing the road to be used for the first time since the incident.

Preston Magistrate’s Court imposed a deadline of Friday, July 25, for the work to be completed.

Solicitors acting on behalf of the householders say the work has been carried out, and now council engineers are waiting for confirmation of when they can access the property to ensure that it is structurally sound and in compliance with the court order.

The council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, Coun Cliff Hughes, said: “Our engineers have been out to the site and it’s clear that some work has been done, although the majority of the action required to make the building structurally sound was internal.

“We’re now very keen to be allowed to enter the property to ensure it complies with the court order, and we are working with the owners and their solicitors about arranging this as a matter of urgency.

“If the building is structurally sound, we could then move forward with Lancashire County Council to finally get the road open again after more than a year of disruption, finally bringing to an end this frustrating and complicated saga.”

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council highways manager for South Ribble, added: “We will continue to work closely with South Ribble Council to reopen Longmeanygate as soon as possible.

“We’re aware of the disruption this has caused and are thankful to local residents and motorists for their continued patience.”