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Spalding town centre rule breakers 'need to be hit in the pocket' says peaceful protester



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Shoppers fed-up with aggressive motorists say action needs to be taken to enforce Spalding’s pedestrian zone.

Sandra Morgan and Pete Jiggles have witnessed speeding cars in Market Place and Hall Place and have confronted aggressive motorists - with one almost running over her back foot.

Vehicles should not be using Market Place and Hall Place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday under a traffic order in place since the 1990s.

Sandra Morgan, Pete Jiggles and the Rev John Bennett in Spalding Market Place with aggressive driver (58192699)
Sandra Morgan, Pete Jiggles and the Rev John Bennett in Spalding Market Place with aggressive driver (58192699)

Lincolnshire County Council, says enforcement is a police matter and officers have conducted ‘days of action’ to ticket motorists - but the sign in Broad Street remains largely ignored.

The Spalding couple and the Rev John Bennett, who has also previously refused to move for a rule-breaking car, stood in the pedestrian zone on Friday morning in a peaceful protest.

This resulted in a shocking confrontation with an angry van driver.

The day before, Mrs Morgan said another driver in a BMW almost ran over her foot when she pointed out it was a pedestrian zone. She said: “The motorists are getting more aggressive - there will be a serious accident.

“The man on Thursday said ‘I’m a councillor and have got business to attend to’ and almost ran over my back foot.

“You have got to hit them (the drivers) in the pocket or put up a barrier.”

Sandra Morgan, Pete Jiggles and the Rev John Bennett in Spalding Market Place with aggressive driver (58192696)
Sandra Morgan, Pete Jiggles and the Rev John Bennett in Spalding Market Place with aggressive driver (58192696)

We have been unable to determine whether the person was actually a councillor - but he did not match the description of any of our district or county councillors.

The couple raised a previous problem with a speeding car in town with a police officer in Market Place - who then referred them to the council.

On Friday morning, we witnessed seven cars - mainly containing younger people - drive through the Market Place in a 30 minute period with 15 cars parked up in the centre of town.

Our mock up of what the sign in Broad Street in Spalding perhaps ought to say. (55645883)
Our mock up of what the sign in Broad Street in Spalding perhaps ought to say. (55645883)

Most motorists spoken to during the protest were apologetic and said they were not aware of the rules.

Mr Jiggles feels an enforcement camera, similar to that in Sainsbury’s, should be put in place to fine motorists. He said: “If you set it at £20, you would get £350 in fines from the cars parked over there. By 4pm it would a £1,000.”

Mr Bennett added: “All those people are parking for free. If you break the law, you have free parking all day.

“I would like to say to all the people that do it - you are spoiling our town and an area for people to walk safely by coming in and driving whatever your excuse. You are contributing to making our town worse than it needs to be.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “Enforcement is a police issue. It will be up to the police to decide on enforcement going forward on this issue.

“As for anything that falls within county council matters, any suggestions from residents or businesses should be made via the local county councillor who will be able to put those requests and suggestions directly to the highways department.”



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