PEPPERMINT JUNCTION: This is a problem I am committed to unlocking

I would like to respond to Mr Kennedy’s letter in last week’s Guardian.

As I have previously stated, I am in favour of building a roundabout at Peppermint Junction, but this is far more complex than at first it appears.

Working with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, we have already looked at ways of improving the junction that will help to reduce the number of accidents and delays to motorists at the site.

As a local resident myself, I recognise how frustrating it can be when you’re waiting to join the A17 and it is a problem that I am committed to unlocking.

The figure of £1.5million that was referred to in the article was a very rough estimate, and was not a calculation made by me as we have yet to attribute any costs to the development. However, in our experience, roundabouts of this size do cost over £1million. So I suggest that this is not far out. We haven’t created a detailed design for this roundabout, so I am not able to provide a specific breakdown of the costs for this particular proposal but lots of factors contribute towards the overall price.

These factors include the ground conditions (with regards to drainage and stability), the cost of the land and the sheer size of the scheme.

I can understand how, despite Mr Kennedy’s previous experience in the construction industry, this seems like a high cost.

But with respect, I can assure him that this is not the case at all.

We meticulously plan every project so that we deliver good value for money for the public. I have seen for myself the huge number of costs that highways engineers have to factor into their designs, for instance traffic modelling, a feasibility study, public consultation, land purchase, detailed design and then of course the construction.

In his letter, he questions why a house can be purchased relatively cheaply compared to a roundabout or road.

The simple answer is that a house does not have to be built with the same level of complexity, or cope with the stresses and strains that a road has to.

I hope I have been able to answer your question.

If you would like to know more, email me via william.webb@lincolnshire.gov.uk or you can telephone me by calling 07775743808.

Coun William Webb

Executive Member for Highways and Transportation