Spalding traffic calming drives Jane up the wall

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Lorries thundering over sleeping policeman – and near misses on a main estate road – are driving a former district councillor up the wall.

Jane Jones (64) has lived in Spalding’s Shire Avenue for 11 years but says cracks began appearing in her bungalow walls and ceilings only six months ago.

Ex councillor Jane Jones is concerned about hairline cracks appearing in her walls and ceilings. SG151015-130TW

Ex councillor Jane Jones is concerned about hairline cracks appearing in her walls and ceilings. SG151015-130TW

Her home is within 30 yards of the main Wygate Park Road, which has traffic calming with extended, block-paving style sleeping policemen and steel bollard “build-outs” that close lanes at different points so vehicles must stop at give way lines and briefly use the oncoming lane to get round.

Jane says drivers don’t slow down and she fears there will be a head-on crash because no one wants to give way.

She says there’s no weight limit and HGVs going over sleeping policemen are shaking her bungalow, but the county council refuses to accept any blame for the hairline cracks at her home and her insurer has been no help.

“You feel the lorry go up (onto the sleeping policeman) and then the bungalow starts vibrating until it goes down again,” she said.

You feel the lorry go up (onto the sleeping policeman) and then the bungalow starts vibrating until it goes down again.

Jane Jones

Jane now wants to find out if any other nearby residents are experiencing similar problems and says, if they are, they can call her on 01775 710963.

A county council spokesman said: “For damage to have been caused to a property as a result of vehicles driving over traffic calming measures, we would expect to see some damage to the road surface. We have inspected this and found no problems.

“We advised the owner to contact their insurance provider to investigate as the damage could have been incurred in many different ways.

“There are signs in the area to make motorists aware of their speed and it is the responsibility of the police to make sure the 30mph limit isn’t being ignored.”