‘Leave us alone’ plea over new bypass plan

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ALLOTMENT holders and residents on the outskirts of Spalding have spoken out against proposals to route a bypass through the heart of their community.

Consultation is currently taking place over two routes for phase two of the Spalding Western Relief Road, which would both cut through Horseshoe Road and its allotments.

Jack Pateman has kept an allotment there for about 35 years.

“It’s the wrong place,” he said. “It should go further out of town, out of the way and leave us alone.”

He said the allotments were a community, which in the past two years has raised about £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care with charity barbecues in memory of his wife Greta.

Allotment holder Stephen Bullivant described the area as “their world”.

Lynn Maddison has placed signs saying “no bypass here” outside her home on Horseshoe Road.

She said: “I came out of the landowners’ meeting and was quite upset. The next day I got a paintbrush and a bit of board and put it up.

“For me, I would prefer route B because that’s the furthest away from me but on this side of the road we are a minority. Those on the estates are going to want it furthest from them.”

Mrs Maddison said she felt any road will change the way she lives and devalue her home.

The first phase of the project will be delivered with the Holland Park development, with a bridge over the railway and a junction with the B1172, while a third phase is a longer term aspiration to link Bourne Road to Spalding Road near Enterprise Way.

Jonathan Wickham, project leader for the relief road scheme, said: “To date we’ve had many responses, but would like to gain as many views as possible.

“There’s still a chance to have your say before the consultation closes on August 26.”

He added: “The views we receive through questionnaires and correspondence will help us to decide the future of the scheme, the preferred route and factors we need to take into account in the design.”

Details on the proposals and a questionnaire can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/swrr. Comments can be emailed to swrr@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

The team can also be called on 01522 782070 between 8am and 6pm.