BONKERS: East Lancs traffic sign asks us to prepare for winter ... in June

BONKERS: East Lancs traffic sign asks us to prepare for winter ... in June

Baffled Steve Macken with the sign on Colne Road.

BONKERS: East Lancs traffic sign asks us to prepare for winter ... in June

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

THE recent temperamental weather has clouded the judgement of those in charge of Lancashire County Council’s electronic road signs.

Motorists and residents in Burnley have been left scratching their heads after two roadside matrix signs displayed messages warning them to prepare for winter.

The authority said the signs — one in Colne Road and another in Westway — had been affected by building work in the town centre.

Despite East Lancashire’s gritters having been resting up since March, the signs direct passers-by to the winter section of the county council’s website, which offers advice on gritting, clearing snow and ice, and driving in dangerous conditions.

Pedestrian Steve Macken looked amused as he walked past the notice on Monday, but county councillor Jeff Sumner said mistakes on the sign could have risky implications for drivers.

Coun Sumner, Lib Dem member for Burnley South West, said: “I think we are crying out for them in the borough for things like road closures, but they can’t be giving out wrong information.

“If what they say isn’t useful then they need looking at.”

Coun Shah Hussain, who represents Daneshouse with Stoneyholme ward where the Colne Road sign is based, said he passed both signs on a regular basis. The Labour member said: “I find the Westgate one very helpful. It gives out good information about free parking and I think a lot of people take notice of it.

“The Colne Road one I tend to take much less notice of.

“It isn’t updated very often and it wouldn’t surprise me if that message had been there for some months.

“When used correctly they can give out good messages, but I would like to see the Colne Road one updated more often.”

County Hall bosses were unable to confirm how much the signs cost to install and maintain.

Martin Galloway, head of network management for the county council, said: “We have a number of these electronic signs around the county and unfortunately we're currently experiencing some problems with the two in Burnley.

“They are controlled by radio transmitters on buildings in the town centre and it appears that recent development in the area, or interference from other sources, has weakened the signal.

“We're currently investigating the problem and hope to be able to resolve it soon.”

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1:51pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Rose Rouge says...

Do these signs really promote free parking, and if so, when? If they do, it can only be on Sundays, as the councillors of Burnley decided to charge for users to park in their car parks up to 9pm in the evening now.
Do these signs really promote free parking, and if so, when? If they do, it can only be on Sundays, as the councillors of Burnley decided to charge for users to park in their car parks up to 9pm in the evening now. Rose Rouge
  • Score: 8

2:18pm Wed 11 Jun 14

mikebuk says...

Ah how does the pour soul cope ?

Just 196 days until Christmas, Steve.
Ah how does the pour soul cope ? Just 196 days until Christmas, Steve. mikebuk
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

Quite news day.....?
Quite news day.....? Openminded?
  • Score: 4

3:03pm Wed 11 Jun 14

East_lancs_lad says...

Well it is Burnley........every
thing is backward over there.
Well it is Burnley........every thing is backward over there. East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 6

3:25pm Wed 11 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

What good is it telling people to prepare for winter during winter, at least it is giving us enough time to prepare :)
What good is it telling people to prepare for winter during winter, at least it is giving us enough time to prepare :) HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 8

4:22pm Wed 11 Jun 14

campbell69s says...

Winter's coming!
Winter's coming! campbell69s
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Wed 11 Jun 14

shytalk says...

The gritters will be out tomorrow
The gritters will be out tomorrow shytalk
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Wed 11 Jun 14

shabba says...

slow day LT is this really a story worthy of writing?
slow day LT is this really a story worthy of writing? shabba
  • Score: 4

9:20pm Wed 11 Jun 14

John05 says...

The guy has his coat on, so it looks like he is prepared for winter. How did we cope without signs everywhere telling us to prepare for winter and fasten our seatbelts? Maybe we would cope better if the money spent on these signs was spent on something useful like keeping the roads properly surfaced and fit for purpose
The guy has his coat on, so it looks like he is prepared for winter. How did we cope without signs everywhere telling us to prepare for winter and fasten our seatbelts? Maybe we would cope better if the money spent on these signs was spent on something useful like keeping the roads properly surfaced and fit for purpose John05
  • Score: 5

5:26am Thu 12 Jun 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Let's be honest. Do we take any notice of them ? I doubt it. Some are quite patronising. Mind you, struggle to read 'em, as my eyesight is chronic . #Magoo
Let's be honest. Do we take any notice of them ? I doubt it. Some are quite patronising. Mind you, struggle to read 'em, as my eyesight is chronic . #Magoo Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 2

7:17am Thu 12 Jun 14

BelTower says...

Just a gentle nudge for reminding you to get your season ticket......maybe
Just a gentle nudge for reminding you to get your season ticket......maybe BelTower
  • Score: -3

7:46am Thu 12 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Maybe because of it's location the sign should be warning us about drug dealers, uninsured drivers and child sexual exploitation.
Maybe because of it's location the sign should be warning us about drug dealers, uninsured drivers and child sexual exploitation. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 0

3:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

By now due to climate change we were told we'd be growing pineapples and there'd be large cracks in the pavements in London due to the heat.
By now due to climate change we were told we'd be growing pineapples and there'd be large cracks in the pavements in London due to the heat. vicn1956
  • Score: 0

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