Check out consultation session for new Spalding Western Relief Road
Lincolnshire County Council has this week started to talk to South Holland residents about the plans for Spalding’s new Western Relief Road.
Four consultation sessions have been planned to give residents and businesses the opportunity to find out more about the central section of the new road, as well as ask questions and give their opinions.
The Western Relief Road is an important development for everyone who lives and works in South Holland.
Issues of congestion around the town centre are likely to become even more apparent as the population of South Holland continues to grow.
Increasing rail freight using the line through Spalding and ever-growing traffic levels will exacerbate these problems even further, which is why I, as portfolio holder for growth and commercialisation, am keen for the relief road to progress.
It will be vital to keep the town moving and ensure we remain attractive to those looking to live or do business here.
The latest consultation sessions will focus on the road’s central section, which will run along Vernatt’s Drain before crossing Bourne Road and Horseshoe Road.
The exact path is not yet set and those who take part in the drop-in sessions will be invited to find out more about the two options on the table and have their say whether they would prefer a western or eastern alignment by taking part in a short online survey.
Plans for the relief road’s northern and southern section, which include bridges over the railway and new roundabouts on the B1172 and Spalding Road, will also be on display.
South Holland District Council is working closely with Lincolnshire County Council on this project and together the two authorities have recently been awarded £12m from the government's housing infrastructure fund to finance the Northern Spalding Sustainable Urban Extension and this section of the Spalding Western Relief Road.
Funding for the construction of the rest of the scheme, including third party contributions, is currently being reviewed by the county council.
This project is an important one for the Spalding area and I would urge as many people as possible to go along to one of the remaining sessions to find out more about what it will mean to them, where they live and their businesses.
Sessions will be held at:
Woodland Hotel in Spalding: Thursday February 14, 2-8pm
Woodland Hotel in Spalding: Saturday February 16, 11am-2pm