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Spalding Bourne Road residents continue fight for their homes

Spalding’s Bourne Road residents, who fear their homes may be bulldozed, are fighting to have the current relief road plan binned.

Up to nine homes inside a protected corridor in the local plan could be demolished, whichever one of two identified routes is chosen.

Residents have 700 signatures on a petition - 300 short of the 1,000 they need to present their concerns to a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council.

Bourne Road residents Catherine and Frank Roberts fear losing their "forever" home.
Bourne Road residents Catherine and Frank Roberts fear losing their "forever" home.

Residents will be out with their placards at 1pm on Saturday hoping to collect signatures near Sainsbury’s in Holland Market.

Catherine and Frank Roberts are among those whose homes are at risk.

Catherine said: “We hope to obtain over 1,000 signatures so we can present our concerns formally to the council, and demonstrate that Spalding residents are appalled that we face the prospect of losing our family homes in pursuit of the Spalding Western Relief Road.

“This has been designed as a relief road, primarily necessitated to alleviate congestion caused by ‘down time’ of the level crossings.

“However it is worrying to read in the press that we may be forced to sacrifice our homes for a road which as yet does not have accurate data around rail freight to substantiate the construction.”

Catherine says residents are annoyed they didn’t have an opportunity to comment when Government inspectors were in Spalding for hearings on the local plan.

She said the inspectors may not have realised a line on a map “wiped out homes underneath”.

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