Calls for Spalding bike racks to be removed
There have been calls for two newly installed car shaped bike racks to be removed from Spalding.
South Holland district councillor Harry Drury says that newly installed bicycle racks have got to go, after they were placed in Sheep Market and Herring Lane by Lincolnshire County Council.
Coun Drury, who took on a commercialisation and growth portfolio that includes an emphasis on regenerating Spalding town centre earlier this month as part of a cabinet reshuffle, says there are more suitable locations for the racks.
He said: “I have requested that a letter be sent asking LCC to remove the structures from their current places.
“As much as I support cycling and it’s contribution to a greener environment, I also believe there are far more suitable places for them to be situated where they would not be taking up valuable car parking spaces and a loading bay space at a time where they are needed most to support our local shops and businesses.
“This is not an initiative that SHDC was involved in and I personally believe that the money spent on the racks could be better spent, for example on improving footpaths.”
The racks were installed after the Department for Transport granted the county council over £100,000 from the first round of the emergency active travel fund to support the installation of temporary projects to help aid the county’s recovery from COVID-19.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The DfT gave us very short timescales to install the changes when we were awarded the funding and there just wasn’t time to get feedback from every community about each bike parking location.
“I want to emphasise that these changes are all on a trial basis – so if they work they’ll stay and if they don’t, we can rethink.”