A court order has been secured to re-open a road this summer. which has been closed since a fatal car crash damaged a building.

The council has taken action to have Longmeanygate, in Leyland, returned to use following its closure after a fatal road traffic incident last year.

Geoffrey Gill, 55, from Leyland, died after his black Mitsubishi L200 Animal crashed into the gable end of a home on Longmeanygate last April.

Preston Magistrates’ Court last week issued an order requiring the owner of a barn to complete work to their damaged property to allow the road to be used once again.

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

South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing councillor 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 residents will welcome 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 got to this stage.”