Feb 6 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
BICKERSTAFFE resi- dents packed out the Four Lane Ends Mission on Monday night to protest about a proposed traveller site at the former colliery.
The meeting, organised by the parish council, saw people raise their objections to the proposals that were put forward by West Lancashire Borough Council back in September 2013.
The Jubilee Colliery site is one of three put forward in the Local Plan as being suitable for travellers and travelling showpeople.
The plan identifies the Bickerstaffe site as being able to house 10 permanent pitches and 10 transit pitches.
A parish council spokesperson said: “The meeting went really well and we were delighted with the amount of people that turned out to support us in our objections.
“The site is completely unsuitable for a traveller site as the land is uneven. It’s also next to a brand-new mountain bike trail that small children are planning to use, which raises safety concerns with the large trailers and vehicles the travellers would bring.
“We will continue to fight on against this proposal and we have the public’s full backing.
“The person who owns the land has said they have taken it out of the question, but this remains to be seen.
“We have set up a Facebook group called Save Bickerstaffe Colliery and are ready to protest against this plan, it’s not the right site.”