Cowbit gets the ‘bigger picture’ on speeding concerns

Ian Swallow and John Siddle, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, at Cowbit Village Hall. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050318-120TW.
Ian Swallow and John Siddle, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, at Cowbit Village Hall. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050318-120TW.
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The organiser of a meeting in Cowbit about speeding concerns hopes police will “take notice” and act.

Coun Nigel Pepper, county councillor for Cowbit, hosted the meeting two weeks ago at the village hall where guests included South Holland neighbourhood policing inspector Gareth Boxall.

Another guest, Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, confirmed there was no money for traffic calming measures in Cowbit.

Coun Pepper said: “It was pleasing to see a good turnout, in not the best weather conditions because of the rain, and that everyone who wished to speak had an opportunity to do so in the time available.

“Despite hearing first-hand that traffic calming measures won’t be implemented in Cowbit, I felt it was good for residents and parish councillors to gain a better understanding of matters.

“The experts from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership who attended the meeting advised us that although speeding is a concern, it is no worse than any other village in Lincolnshire and so Cowbit is not suffering in isolation.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership advised us that although speeding is a concern in Cowbit, it is no worse than any other village in Lincolnshire and so it was good to see the bigger picture

Coun Nigel Pepper, Lincolnshire County Council member for Cowbit

“Therefore, it was good to see the bigger picture.

“However, whilst we are all aware that policing resources are stretched, I would hope that the police will take notice of the public’s concerns and have a higher presence in the locality, with local patrols and the mobile speed camera van sited at strategic points in the village, such as Peak Hill.

“On the other hand, ideas raised like hedges and tree planting along Barrier Bank may be something that Cowbit Parish Council would wish to consider.”

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