SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has revealed that he is ‘very concerned’ about plans to install ‘pop up’ cycle lanes in front of a landmark Southport church.
Parochial Church Council members Ian Howarth and Bob Ball raised concerns that the changes mean the end of on-street parking available for parishioners at Holy Trinity Church on Hoghton Street – including those who are elderly and disabled.
They say that there was no consultation about the plans and that there is an increased risk of accidents as parents will not be able to drop off or collect their children from Holy Trinity Junior School by car. The changes would also 'severely restrict’ access for wedding cars and funeral hearses.
Mr Moore said: “I was very concerned to read the story on the front page of the Southport Champion, relating the concerns of Holy Trinity Church over the impact of the changes to roads leading into Southport town centre.
“Sefton Council has closed off Queens Road and Talbot Street; removed vital parking spaces on Hoghton Street and Talbot Street; and has overturned the ban on cycling in the pedestrianised Chapel Street area of town.
“It has imposed this policy without any consultation with local residents, business owners and church leaders, and with little thought over the resulting consequences.
“I have already been contacted by numerous local residents on this issue and have raised my concerns over this ill thought out scheme by Sefton Council.
“I will continue to do so.”