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Gedney Hill's roads in poor condition after recent heatwave, claims village leader




Drivers passing through Gedney Hill have been warned to take extra care due to the "shocking" state of its roads.

Mill Lane, Lincolns Avenue, Hillgate and Station Road are all showing signs of wear and tear, with some sections of the roads actually breaking up.

The poor condition of the B1166 route through the village has been blamed on the recent hot weather and county highways officers are putting up warning signs in the village to alert drivers.

Gedney Hill Parish Council members, including chairman Coun Paul Redgate (right).
Gedney Hill Parish Council members, including chairman Coun Paul Redgate (right).

A warning has also been posted on social media by Gedney Hill Parish Council which read: "Please be extra cautious when travelling through the village as the hot weather has had a serious impact on the condition of the main highway from Mill Lane, Lincolns Avenue, Station Road and Hillgate.

"This has been reported to the Lincolnshire highways team as we have concerns around this and will be chasing it up to find a resolution."

Coun Paul Redgate, parish council chairman, said: "Quite a few residents were complaining about the main roads through the village.

Coun Paul Redgate.
Coun Paul Redgate.

"They asked us whether we had complained to Lincolnshire County Council so I actually went on a drive through the village.

"Seeing was believing and I'd never seen anything like it, having travelled around the area as well.

"The roads were so tacky and I heard that one person who walked on one of the road lost their sandals on it.

"Highways engineers worked on the roads a while ago, but it got so hot near the end of last month that the bone chips had gone and there was just a liquid on the road surface.

"As people were driving their cars, they were lifting the tar off the road because of the good weather.

"I don't think there are any roads elsewhere in the area like this where up until the sun shone, they were fine.

"But three or four days of hot weather has seen the roads through the village deteriorate rapidly."

Coun Nigel Pepper, county councillor for Gedney Hill.Photo: 020818SG-9.
Coun Nigel Pepper, county councillor for Gedney Hill.Photo: 020818SG-9.

Coun Nigel Pepper, whose county council ward includes Gedney Hill, said: "For some reason the roads in Gedney Hill have suffered badly from the recent heatwave.

"The parish council's clerk has liaised with me and the county highways team are aware of the issue.

"I trust that work will be carried out to rectify the problem as soon as possible."

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, South Holland District Council.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, South Holland District Council.

Coun Richard Davies, the county council's executive member for highways, said: "We are aware of the issues affecting some roads in Gedney Hill and our laboratory team is looking into how we can best resolve them.

"In the meantime, we are putting up temporary warning signs to make drivers in the area aware.

"I would like to thank residents for bearing with us while we get this issue fixed as soon as we can."


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