Support wanted to permanently close junction

The junction of Swan Street and Station Approach in Spalding. Photo: SG180112-66MD
The junction of Swan Street and Station Approach in Spalding. Photo: SG180112-66MD
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THE public are being urged to back a permanent closure of a Spalding road junction.

Some town councillors believe that traffic flowed more freely during a temporary closure of Swan Street’s junction with Station Approach last year.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said the county council did an informal survey of people in the immediate area before the road re-opened in mid-December and support for the closure was about 60/40.

Had it been 100 per cent, he believed the closure would have been confirmed straight away.

Coun Gambba-Jones believed a lot of people misunderstood the question – it was not about closure of Swan Street but of the junction – and a minority had swayed the decision.

He said one comment against closure was from a chain store manager who claimed it would take him longer to get to work.

Coun Gambba-Jones added: “The silent majority have allowed a minority of self-interested people to prevent something that would have benefited the town centre from happening.”

Coun Christine Lawton told Spalding Town Forum: “You certainly queue longer now than when it was closed.”

We reported last year that the county council is going to conduct a trial closure of the road and consult on the issue.Spalding Town Forum will write to the county council to back a closure and is urging residents to do the same.