Questions over bus station ‘relocation’

TRADERS are to quiz councillors on rumours Spalding’s bus station is to move to Swan Street amid fears they could make another Red Lion Quarter-style error of judgement.

Members of Spalding and District area Chamber of Commerce are due to meet South Holland District Council portfolio holders later this month to urge them to learn the lessons of the troubled food court and carry out a full consultation before any decisions are made.

Although there have been no announcements about relocating the bus station to Swan Street, rumours persist and many think a move towards permanently closing the road is the first step in the process.

Earlier this year, bus company bosses were invited to a meeting with developers to discuss the possibility of moving from Winfrey Avenue and many welcomed it, saying the current bus station is not fit for purpose.

Jason Rooke, president of the chamber, said: “We have a number of issues on our agenda to discuss with the council and the rumour about the bus station is one of them.

“We have heard nothing definite but if there are plans to move it we would be looking for a consultation because I think the Red Lion Quarter proves that in situations like this the council is not necessarily qualified to make the best decisions.

“If there are plans to move the bus station to Swan Street, there has to be some positives to bringing it nearer to the town centre and the general consensus among chamber members is that traffic is flowing much better with Swan Street closed.”

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed an informal consultation is currently being carried out with businesses and residents about closing Swan Street permanently.

If people are in favour, the road could be closed on an experimental basis for traffic flows to be monitored and all options to be considered.