Mirror on the wall to solve blind bend fears in Spalding

Coun Jack McLean and Gary Parkinson want a traffic mirror installed near a blind bend at the junction of Vine Street and The Crescent.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Coun Jack McLean and Gary Parkinson want a traffic mirror installed near a blind bend at the junction of Vine Street and The Crescent. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Traders who are worried about a blind bend in Spalding town centre are facing a fight to improve safety there.

A number of “near misses” at the junction of Drapers Place, The Crescent and Vine Street led to calls for new signage, road markings and a traffic mirror.

But efforts to get county highways officials on board have so far failed after a claim that it was against “reflective surfaces” on highways.

Speaking to the Free Press in January about road safety in the area, trader Gary Parkinson said: “The cars are coming into a blind bend too quickly and there have been so many near misses.

“I’ve been here five years and I’ve seen something happen here nearly every week.

“But it seems like nothing will happen until something happens.”

The idea was simply to put up a wide-angled mirror above Gary’s shop to provide a view of the bend from both sides and prevent anyone missing oncoming traffic or pedestrians

Coun Jack McLean, South Holland District Council member and chairman of Spalding Town Forum,

Coun Jack McLean, South Holland District Council member and chairman of Spalding Town Forum, said: “My efforts to resolve the matter came about after I was out shopping in town and keeping in contact with Gary Parkinson about progress so far.

“The idea was simply to put up a wide-angled mirror above Gary’s shop to provide a view of the bend from both sides and prevent anyone missing oncoming traffic or pedestrians.

“However, once it was confirmed that Lincolnshire County Council highways department have authority over the space between the footpath and Abbey Passage, they refused it as it was their policy not to allow any reflective surfaces on the highway.

“I am not suggesting their policy is wrong, but we need them to work with us to implement an alternative measure.”

Coun McLean’s stance has been supported by Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant who said: “Considering the large numbers of people who visit The Crescent and cross it, my view is that it should be a 20mph zone and there should be a traffic mirror installed as suggested.”

Maxine Stukins, senior highways officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “There is no evidence of speeding in this area or a record of any speed-related incidents, so it would be difficult for us to justify the expense of introducing traffic calming measures at this time.”

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