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Hopes to clamp down speeders in Gosberton

Plans are being devised to help clamp down on irresponsible motorist who speed past a primary school.

Problems with drivers speeding past Gosberton Clough and Risegate School, in Chopdike Road, have created concerns among parents and staff members.

Now Gosberton Parish Council will be supporting efforts to clamp down on the problem by loaning its speed gun to governors and staff members from the school.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate Primary School (47592201)
Gosberton Clough and Risegate Primary School (47592201)

During the council’s first face-to-face meeting in a year, Coun Sue Thorley requested if the school could use the equipment.

Speaking in Gosberton Public Hall Coun Thorley said: “We haven’t got anyone as speed watch coordinator and I thought clearly the school is eager to do a speed watch there so it is better than nothing in the parish.”

The meeting also heard that only one of the original 12 volunteers who had trained to be involved in speed watch is still involved. The council has agreed to write to the Community Speed Watch team to see if training could be provided for the school along with requesting for the school area to be listed on to acceptable sites for speed watch.

Coun John Clark, who had been again elected as council chairman earlier in the meeting, suggested that drivers would slow down if children were involved in the speed watch sessions. He said: “It might have a bigger impact than people getting letters.”

Coun Tim Smith also suggested extending the speed limit around the school to help tackle the issue.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Jane King is looking at the signage in the area to highlight the school’s concealed entrance.

l Councillors are also debating whether to renew the contract for a junior football club to continue to use Gosberton Risegate Playing Field for matches.

Nearby residents have complained that parents of away team players are causing problems by inconsiderately parking close to the playing field and the surrounding properties.

Coun Thorley said: “I have messages or calls to say the cars are not parking in a sensible fashion and not using the roadway as we ask them to.

“There are more than 20 cars every week and there have been dogs on the field.”

She also told the council that a new team is using the field and has asked to make improvements to the pitch.

Coun Thorley said: “If we are going to allow them to play next season then we are going to have to do something with the car park area. I’m not sure if it is South Holland District Council’s responsibility but it needs sorting.

“There are big potholes and if we have a lot of rain pouring it does get flooded.”

The future of the contract will be discussed during the village inspection which will take place on June 21.

l Coun Jeremy Bennett has been elected as vice-chairman of the parish council.

Members have also agreed to co-opt Denise Benjamin onto the council.

l Councillors are also moving ahead with plans to position a new notice board and slab an area of land outside Prince Build in Gosberton.

They are also looking to tidy up the appearance of Gosberton Playing Field by adding new gates and are investigating the costs.

l Members approved plans for a new bin to be installed in Gosberton Risegate and the council will also be donating £100 to the Gosberton Wombles.

The council is also looking at its allotment policies.

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