Spalding Western Relief Road fails to win support of Pinchbeck Parish Council
Pinchbeck Parish Council has raised a “myriad of concerns” about a proposed £100million relief road for Spalding.
Ahead of a visit by county highways leaders later this month, parish councillors have questioned the funding and impact of the four-mile Spalding Western Relief Road (SWRR) between Spalding Common and the edge of Pinchbeck.
Following a special meeting at Pinchbeck Community Library last Monday, the parish council sent in its formal response about SWRR to Lincolnshire County Council ahead of a “site visit” by its planning committee on July 22.
The parish council suggested that unlike other major road projects in the county, SWRR has its “financial security” linked to new housing planned for Spalding’s Holland Park and Vernatts Drain areas.
A parish council statement said: “Lincolnshire’s other major infrastructure projects include the Lincoln Eastern Bypass and Grantham Southern Relief Road, both forward-funded by the county council.
“SWRR does not have that financial planning or security as it is proposed to be funded primarily by developers which could inevitably give them the upper hand.
“Whilst we agree there needs to be forward planning regarding the future road structure in the area, we believe the proposed plan offers no guarantee there will be a ‘joined-up’ relief road.
“There have been a myriad of concerns brought to our attention and we are therefore extremely sceptical as to the viability of the plan and whether it will be a beneficial or retrograde step in planning terms.”
However, in addition to criticisms, Pinchbeck Parish Council also put forward its own preferred route for a relief road between the village and Spalding.
Using the Gosberton Road/A152 roundabout as its starting point, this alternative relief road would go west, “bypassing West Pinchbeck and onwards to merge with the A151 Bourne Road, Spalding”.
The statement said: “This scheme is far more robust and would service this area, both now and in the future, as safeguards could be put in place to upgrade the relief road to a dual carriageway.”