PEOPLE living near to a Golborne factory have lost a fight against a plan to move its official entrance.
Furniture warehouse and manufacturers CSL told Wigan Council’s planning committee that the move was essential to allow the safe expansion of its delivery operation at the Ashton Road plant, creating more than 25 new jobs.
But furious neighbours believe the new wider access will lead to an increase in accidents as HGVs drive into the site at a much greater speed.
Neighbour Mrs Joan Lowe, who has lived opposite the site for 45 years, questioned the “staggering” size of the entrance wanted by CSL which at 43 metres is almost the width of a football pitch.
Neighbours fear the new entrance will completely alter the nature of Ashton Road by making a simple site entrance into a road junction capable of carrying much heavier traffic.
Mrs Lowe was backed by Golborne Ward Coun Stuart Keane who, in a written submission, said that there were already too many heavy lorries travelling through Golborne without plans being passed to encourage more.
But applicants, Morley Estates, who own the industrial site, insisted that CSL, which was the key tenant of the site and had been so for five years with 100 plus staff, felt that easier entrance and exit for service traffic would be a critical part of their future success in Golborne.
A spokesman for Morley said: “It will significantly improve the amenity for neighbouring residents and will not generate more traffic along Ashton Road.