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Spalding cycling group is calling for consultation on future transport plans for town

Calls have been made for a thorough consultation on future transport plans for the area.

Cycling group Pedals has called for people in Spalding to have their say on creating a sustainable travel scheme for the town.

Its call comes after Lincolnshire County Council has agreed not to push ahead with plans to create an Active Travel Zone in Spalding, which would have meant the loss of on-street parking in the town centre, following an outcry from traders.

Spalding town centre
Spalding town centre

The county council is now looking to spend some of the £799,000 Government grant funding on schemes in Stamford, Sutton-on-Sea and Lincoln after schemes in Spalding, Boston and Malethorpe were turned down.

Pedals member Roger Smith said he was disappointed that the county could not consider altering its plans.

He said: “Further work and local consultation by the county council is needed to produce a scheme which is suitable for Spalding.

“I am disappointed that Spalding’s cyclists and pedestrians will not benefit from a share of this money which the Government has made available to local authorities to support its policies for encouraging active travel.

“I am sure that Pedals members will think carefully about what the county council has done and then decide what to do next.”

Pedals had submitted detailed proposals to the county that aim to encourage people to walk or ride a bike.

The group has suggested a 20mph speed limit in the town centre and allowing cycling in the town centre.

They also wanted to extend cycle paths north of Spalding and get a safer crossing at the Albion Street/Double Street/Westlode Street junction.

Earlier this week Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport at the county council, said: “We were clear when we launched this consultation that only those schemes with public support would get the go ahead.”

The previous plans would have seen removal of on-street parking in Broad Street, The Crescent, Sheep Market and Double Street.

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