Campaign to finally build a Whaplode bypass
Whaplode could finally be getting a bypass – if a new campaign comes to fruition.
People living in the village are fed up with streams of cars and lorries thundering past their homes every day but now councillors are joining forces to fight for a bypass.
Whaplode Parish Council, MP Sir John Hayes and current Lincolnshire County Councillor Peter Coupland, who represents the village, are hoping to lobby The Government to get them to fund the bypass.
They would like to see the A17 linked up with the Weston bypass in order to divert traffic away from Moulton and Whaplode.
Coun Coupland said: “Whaplode is the forgotten village in the highways network and the A151 is a priority road.
“We can’t put a weight limit on a priority A road and to get it declassified would require an act of Parliament so the only viable option is a bypass.
“If you drive between Sutterton and Crowland, you don’t drive through a village. If you drive from King’s Lynn to Spalding, you only go through one village and that is Whaplode.”
People living in Whaplode have been calling for a bypass for the village since the early 2000s and the speed limit was reduced from 40mph to 30mph.
Coun Coupland is hoping to take advantage of the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ money.
The Government has announced a £4.8million Levelling Up Fund to improve infrastructure, upgrade local transport and regenerate town centres.
The hope is to construct a link between the A17, a short distance from Peppermint Roundabout to Weston bypass, close to the Lingarden entrance.
Coun Coupland said he has received an increase in complaints from villagers about more and more HGVs using the village to get to Spalding since the introduction of the Peppermint Roundabout.
He also says that there have been complaints about the road surfacing and has pushed for potholes to be filled and is looking for a permanent solution.
MP Sir John Hayes is backing a campaign for the bypass.
He said: “It is something I support as a concept and Peter is right about traffic coming through.
“I need to ask questions to Government about whether they think this is the right source of funding.”
We approached Whaplode Parish Council for a comment bit no-one was available as we went to press.
l Holbeach Rural (seat which covers Whaplode) candidates in the May 6 Lincolnshire County Council elections are: Christopher Clark (Green), Peter Coupland (Conservative) and Edward McNally (Ind).