Ten ‘much-needed’ homes for Spalding despite bridge plea

Parkside Crescent, off Park Road, Spalding, with Steppingstone Bridge in the distance (right).  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG300416-905TW.
Parkside Crescent, off Park Road, Spalding, with Steppingstone Bridge in the distance (right). Photo by Tim Wilson. SG300416-905TW.
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A scheme for “much-needed” housing in Spalding should come before improving a railway bridge, according to a leading councillor.

Plans to build ten homes in Parkside Crescent, off Park Road, by Welland Homes Ltd was unanimously passed by on Wednesday.

I’m slightly disappointed that the people who commented had chosen to ignore all the efforts made by this council where we refused the bridge offered to us by Network Rail on the basis that it had no disabled access

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, chairman of the planning committee, South Holland District Council

But Spalding cycling group Pedals wanted to see Steppingstone Bridge, near Park Road, improved to provide disabled access instead.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, chairman of the planning committee, said: “I’ve had a great deal of involvement with Steepingstone Bridge over the years.

“So I’m slightly disappointed that the people who commented had chosen to ignore all the efforts made by this council where we refused the bridge offered to us by Network Rail on the basis that it had no disabled access.

“We’re certainly not going to lose much-needed housing in the hope that in 20 to 30 years time, disabled is going to be achieved.”