Roadside tributes could be banned

Floral tributes at the scene of a collision that killed two Allerton Bywater women.Ridge Road (A656) near Micklefield
Floral tributes at the scene of a collision that killed two Allerton Bywater women.Ridge Road (A656) near Micklefield
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FLORAL tributes to road crash victims – like the one pictured left – could be banned on roads in Prescot and Whiston.

Councillors approved the proposals at a cabinet meeting last week to stop family and friends creating memorials to their loved ones on the main borough’s roads.

Roads highlighted include the A58 Prescot by-pass and the East Lancs.

Officers were told to develop a broad-ranging policy ranging floral tributes in the borough by September.

They warn the tribute pose a danger to those leaving flowers at the scene and to passing motorists.

A spokesman for Knowsley Council said: “Councillors on Knowsley Council’s Economic Development and Environment Scrutiny Committee have submitted a report to the council’s cabinet which recommends the development of a borough-wide roadside memorial policy, which could include prohibiting roadside tributes on high speed roads.

“Safety has to be the number one priority and the scrutiny committee have expressed concern that people are taking risks to visit and maintain roadside memorials at dangerous spots on high speed routes.

In some cases the tributes can also present a hazard to passing motorists.

“It is hoped that restricting tributes on such routes will help prevent further unnecessary tragedies.

“The committee appreciate this is a sensitive issue and key partners including the police with their family liaison expertise will be part of the consultation process in developing this policy to ensure a considerate approach.”

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