A road has reopened after repairs were carried out on a building which was damaged in a fatal traffic incident.

South Ribble Borough Council secured a court order in May requiring the owners of a converted barn on Longmeanygate to make their home safe, allowing the road to be used for the first time since the incident in May last year.

Preston Magistrates Court imposed a deadline of the end of July for the owners to complete the work.

When the deadline arrived, solicitors acting on behalf of the householders said the work — much of it internal — had been carried out on time, but council engineers would have to wait until the homeowners were available to allow them access to the property and check that it was structurally sound.

Engineers from South Ribble Borough Council visited the home at the end of last week and they were satisfied that the immediate danger to the public had been removed.

Lancashire County Council then reopened Longmeanygate to traffic over the weekend.

South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing, Councillor Cliff Hughes, said: “It has taken far longer than any of us would have liked to sort out, and it has been a hugely frustrating time for many of our residents.

“I’m very relieved that we’ve finally been able to move forward with Lancashire County Council and reopen Longmeanygate.”