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Calls to reduce speed limit through Gedney Dyke

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Traffic assessments will soon be conducted in a village which is calling for 20mph speed limit.

Gedney Parish Council will be writing to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department to call for the current 30mph limit in Gedney Dyke to be reduced – but two councillors voted against the proposal.

Around 60 people who live in Gedney Dyke voiced concerns about speed lorries and tractors thundering past their homes during a public meeting last month.

Gedney Dyke.War memorial, village hall, Chequers Inn. (53227169)
Gedney Dyke.War memorial, village hall, Chequers Inn. (53227169)

County councillor Peter Coupland told the meeting on Tuesday last week that he had ‘set the process in motion’ and that speed activation devices will be placed in the village.

Chairman Rosemary Rollings had given a report of the public meeting and asked if the council could officially request the 20mph speed limit along with speed sign and speed cameras.

Coun Mark Shaw said the majority of traffic goes through at 30mph and that nowhere else has a 20mph speed limit.

Gedney Dyke.War memorial, village hall, Chequers Inn. (53227151)
Gedney Dyke.War memorial, village hall, Chequers Inn. (53227151)

He said: “I accept that is what you were asked for but I am not proposing or seconding it.”

Coun Alan Hammersley added: “They take no notice of 30mph.”

Coun Jo Reynolds put forward the proposal which was seconded by Coun Rollings.

Three councillors voted in favour while Councillors Shaw and Hammersley voted against.

*Coun Hammersley also reported that a no parking sign which the council had placed at Gedney Dyke Village Green Play area had been taken down by villagers.

He said: “It wasn’t vandalised by children as it was sawed through.”

Coun Hammersley reported that villagers had told him that they felt the sign had ‘antagnoised’ them. He is now storing it in his shed. The meeting was told that the people who had complained about the sign and also complained about it.

*The council is strongly objecting to an application to name a development which has not yet received planning permission.

Mr J Rooney has applied to change the use of agricultural land in Blazegate, Gedney for five gypsy/traveller family pitches.

The council has been contacted by South Holland District Council’s building control for comments on a bid to call the site Silverbirch Lane.

Coun Coupland, who also sits on the district council, said the application was retrospective and would take it up.

He said: “I have no idea why building control sent that out.”

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