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New action plan for Sutton St James




A curb on HGVs travelling through Sutton St James heads a new wishlist of aims for the village this year.

Speed calming, a new "handyman" to carry out "minor jobs" in the village and improved cleanliness also feature in a new action plan for 2018-19.

Parish councillors accepted the plan, aimed at achieving "the greater good" for the village, during its annual meeting on Thursday.

Coun Bill Harrison (pictured right with colleagues), re-elected as parish council chairman at the meeting, said: "All we're trying to do is to have a wider plan of how to move forward with our ambitions for the coming year.

Sutton St James Parish Council members (from left) Henry Neale, Jennifer Garbutt, Chris Griggs and chairman Bill Harrison. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG240617-236TW. (2183480)
Sutton St James Parish Council members (from left) Henry Neale, Jennifer Garbutt, Chris Griggs and chairman Bill Harrison. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG240617-236TW. (2183480)

"We'll work with endeavour to put them through, but the day-to-day things the council has to do may put us off course."

Coun Harrison confirmed that speeding and the re-routing of HGVs away from the village were the main topic of discussion at a meeting in Sutton St James two weeks ago.

Parish councillors met with police, South Holland and the Deepings MP, John Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, and his deputy, Stuart Tweedale, to discuss the issues.

Coun Harrison said: "The meeting was encouraging but we're a long way from getting Lincolnshire County Council to do what we want them to do.

"We're well aware that Sutton St James can't survive without HGVs using the village.

"But we're trying to reduce the number of unnecessary HGVs coming through the village and get them onto the "A" roads instead.

"Our argument is that the building of the A16, between Spalding and Peterborough, hasn't encouraged enough HGVs to use it.

Lorries on Chapel Gate, Sutton St James. Photo: SG041117-158TW. (2185314)
Lorries on Chapel Gate, Sutton St James. Photo: SG041117-158TW. (2185314)

"That puts our village on a rat run and so our idea is for Lincolnshire County Council to update the A151 and A1101 so there's a better road for the HGVs to use."

A statement from the parish council about the overall action plan said: "The council has a solid team of experts to support it in its decision-making process.

"But feedback is always welcome as it helps us to ensure that the level of service we provide is the right one for the greater good of our historic and evolving parish."



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