Anger as signs are that it’s all wrong

PEDALS says Sainsbury's has put up signs facing the wrong way.
PEDALS says Sainsbury's has put up signs facing the wrong way.
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SPALDING’S cycle action group is calling on Sainsbury’s to honour its planning permission and provide signs about its new cycle routes.

Plans for the store’s expansion were deferred by South Holland District Council in January so designated cycle routes through the site could be negotiated.

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Permission was given in February with revised plans showing white lining down the middle of footpaths separating pedestrian and cycle routes.

But PEDALS chairman David Jones has branded it “a botched job” saying that while they welcome the extra cycle racks, they want proper, signed routes to them.

PEDALS says Sainsbury’s has blocked up an access point near the petrol station, partially blocked other access points with advertising boards, and put up cycle/pedestrian shared use signs which are facing the wrong way.

Mr Jones said: “This is a botched job all round.

“Sainsbury’s seem to be ignoring safety issues, especially for people walking from cars to the store who won’t know cyclists may be using the same routes.”

Sainsbury’s has told PEDALS that it “would prefer not to install the central white lines to pedestrian routes as they are not wide enough to safely take both pedestrians and cyclists.”

But PEDALS says Sainsbury’s previously agreed the footpaths are wide enough for shared use without compromising safety.

Mr Jones said the group has asked the council to investigate after talks with Sainsbury’s failed to resolve things.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said the store, along with the council’s highways officer, had raised safety concerns about the space available to both pedestrians and cyclists on these routes and the decision was taken to omit the white markings.

She said the situation is being monitored and any necessary works will be discussed with the council. She added that all other work has been completed in accordance with the approved planning permission.