County backs down on lights plan... for now

Awaiting axe?: The mini roundabout that could be replaced by seven traffic lights. SG08113-222NG
Awaiting axe?: The mini roundabout that could be replaced by seven traffic lights. SG08113-222NG
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A “mad scheme” to replace a mini island with seven sets of traffic lights is on hold following protests from parish and town councillors.

Work on replacing the Tesco roundabout in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, was scheduled to start on February 4 to pave the way for a big housing development.

But county council portfolio holder William Webb has called a halt to the work for further consultation.

The lights installation would take 20-23 weeks and Deeping St James Parish Council chairman Phil Dilks said bus company Delaine has told him it will axe its 102 Godsey Lane service because it will no longer be viable with big delays caused by the lights.

Another company, Shaws, would be forced to re-route its service while work went on.

Coun Dilks said planners have blundered by allowing the entrance to the housing estate to be 20 metres or so away from the roundabout and has branded the scheme a waste of developers’ cash that could be spent to benefit The Deepings.

He said it’s a huge issue which will cause delays for more than 12,00 residents across The Deepings who use Godsey Lane amenities such as supermarkets, schools and Deepings Health Centre.