‘An accident that’s waiting to happen’ Padiham restaurant owner voices concerns over turning lorries

Sylvia and Antonino Seminara with their damaged wall which keeps getting struck by large vehicles as they turn left on the roundabout from Blackburn Road.

Sylvia and Antonino Seminara with their damaged wall which keeps getting struck by large vehicles as they turn left on the roundabout from Blackburn Road.

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A Padiham restaurant owner whose wall has been repeatedly damaged by lorries turning round a tight corner said the situation is “an accident waiting to happen.”

Mrs Sylvia Seminara (52), who runs Mamma Mia’s in Whalley Road with husband Antonino (56), said she fears a pedestrian could be squashed by large vehicles turning left at the mini roundabout from Blackburn Road into Whalley Road.

Over the last few months she said the wall around the restaurant has been hit by lorries several times making it unsafe.

But she said she is reluctant to spend money on rebuilding it until the issue is resolved and called for Lancashire County Council highways bosses to put up a sign to stop wagons making the left turn.

“That corner is tiny. I think they should be able to make that part of the road wider or put up a sign to stop lorries making the left turn. I’m responsible for the wall even though I don’t know how many different vehicles have hit it.

“It’s not safe. Will we have to wait until someone gets squashed before something is done about it?

“If someone is stood on the corner and something big comes round the corner there’s not a lot of space for them to get out of the way.”

Clare Farrer, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Burnley, said: “We will look to change the road markings on the mini roundabout on Whalley Road when it is time for it to be repainted.

“This will help change the position of vehicles on the road, which may help to avoid them damaging the wall.”