Little support for town relief road

VIEWS of residents and businesses will shape future plans for a western relief road for Spalding after more than 350 residents and businesses had their say during a consultation.

Two possible routes for the second phase of the relief road were put forward, but both received little support.

Those who took part in the consultation raised a number of concerns including how close the road would be built to homes and how it would pass through popular allotments.

It is also feared that it would not bring the suggested benefits of relieving town centre congestion and could result in more traffic on Bourne Road and surrounding roads.

Despite the fears, the route known as Option 2A received marginally more support.

Project leader at Lincolnshire County Council, Jonathan Wickham said key changes have already been investigated and will form part of any future work on the scheme as a result of public feedback.

These will include:

l the addition of a junction between the new road and the west section of Horsehoe Road to provide access for residents and businesses

l the redesign of the Bourne Road section to protect tress with preservation orders nearby at Monks House Lane.

Mr Wickham said: “The proximity of the proposals to local housing does concern some residents so we are investigating further measures to reduce the impact of the road.

“It’s also not ideal for a road to go through local allotments, but any alternative would mean the demolition of houses or business.

“We do realise that a great deal of effort goes into cultivating the allotments and will work with South Holland District Council to identify suitable alternative land close by.”

The Spalding Western Relief Road is split into three phases.

Phase one is the southern section and includes a junction with B1172 Littleworth Drove and a bridge over the railway. This will be built as part of the Holland Park development and has outline planning consent subject to legal agreement.

Phase two, the subject of the consultation, would link phase one to the A151 Bourne Road. A successful planning application will secure the route and enable the road to be built at a later date when private funding from developers or other interested parties becomes available.

Phase three would link Bourne Road and the B1356 Spalding Road, near Enterprise Way.