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Post Code: BB1 4HA.

Saint Albans Road in July 2001.

Saint Albans Road is one of the newer streets in Rishton, being built after the Second World War. This was built as part of the expanding commuter belt as more and more people wanted to live in Rishton but work out of town.

A tiny turning off Blackburn road, this junction is easy to miss.

Saint Albans Road drives away from Blackburn Road at 90 degrees, before turning 90 degrees again to run parallel with Blackburn Road. At this point the road runs into a Cul-De-Sac, but not before a junction towards Blackburn Road takes you onto Thornhill Avenue.

A NEW policy was introduced by the council in October 1996, to stop rowing neighbours falling out over "no ball games" signs after more than 20 residents complained to Hyndburn Council about a sign which went up on land behind St Albans Road, Rishton.

Saint Albans Road looking North to Blackburn road, 2001.

The move highlighted the conflict between residents with and without children, the leisure services committee were told. Councillors agreed to take down the sign and adopt a new policy of consultation on new or replacement signs. Attempts to ban ball games can upset parents of young children who need open space to play but cause no damage and are not rowdy. But there is a trend for residents without children to prefer ball games to be banned on grass near their homes, councillors heard. The signs are not legally enforceable as playing ball games is not a statutory nuisance. Police can be placed in a difficult position because they are expected to take action to stop ball games, as opposed to rowdy behaviour and criminal damage.

Until now, requests for signs have been considered individually without any formal policy or talks with residents. In future, council officers will consult neighbouring residents, ward councillors and the chairman and vice-chairman of the leisure services committee. Where there is no clear preference, cases will be referred to the committee for a decision.

References

Lancashire Evening Telegraph, 11th October 1996.