Walkers bidding to grab some lockdown fresh air at a beauty spot in Oswaldtwistle have hit a bump in the road.
A lay-by near Jackhouse Nature Reserve was filled-in this summer, causing headaches for anyone wanting to park nearby.
A sign appeared last month at the lay-by, allowing one disabled space, but the council say other drivers should instead park on Fielding Lane, ‘a 5 to 10-minute walk away’.
The nature reserve, which used to be a reservoir, is accessed by a long and narrow road, Pot House Lane, which is also used by residents.
Immanuel ward councillor Josh Allen explained: “Someone has dumped a load of hardcore or aggregate in a bit of a mound where people would usually park on Pot House Lane.
“We are trying to obviously find out who’s put it there.
“There are rumours that always circulate. It’s right at the bottom, just as you get to the corner by the nature reserve.
“It is going to require a digger and it’s narrow roads down there. We are pushing the council to get it cleared.
“With going into lockdown, people want to be out walking, and it’s a blight on the area.”
A resident who contacted LancsLive said: “A few of us have been trying to get the council to reinstate the lay-by.
“Someone moved some rubble and made one space for a disabled person.
“I’ve had a lot of people saying that they can’t get to the nature reserve as they can’t walk all the way down Pot House Lane and back as it was suggested that people park on Fielding Lane.”
A Hyndburn council spokesperson said: “We recognise the importance of Jack House Reservoir to the community and we’re working with local residents to ensure that visitors to the nature reserve can park safely and do not obstruct local roads.
“Visitors travelling by car should park on Fielding Lane, five to 10 minutes’ walk away.
“There is one parking space reserved for disabled users on Pot House Lane.”
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