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Lutton Bank: Catalogue of accidents sparks residents' campaign to slash speed limit




County and district councillors are backing residents who want the 60mph limit on Lutton Bank slashed to 40mph.

Tales of vehicles ending up in fields or on residents’ property are among a catalogue of incidents that have sparked the campaign.

Resident Nigel Wyatt-Grainge says near misses are common, including when they try to inch out of their driveways, and at least four pet cats have been killed in the last six months.

Coun Peter Coupland with residents Stuart Burr, Nigel and Liz Wyatt -Grainge and Nigel Ratcliffe
Coun Peter Coupland with residents Stuart Burr, Nigel and Liz Wyatt -Grainge and Nigel Ratcliffe

County councillor Peter Coupland recently drove the county’s executive member for highways, Richard Davies, along Lutton Bank to show him “exactly what the concerns are”.

Coun Coupland told us: “The road is narrow with many blind bends, no footpaths and overgrowing trees and bushes along a three-quarter mile length from Lutton Gowts to the Green Dyke junction. Some 25/30 homes are located along this stretch of road.”

The county council’s Jeanne Gibson said: “This is something that is currently being investigated, and we will shortly be carrying out a speed survey on the road.

Verges churned-up by vehicles giving way on the narrow road
Verges churned-up by vehicles giving way on the narrow road

“Once this has been completed, we will submit a report to our planning and regulation committee for a decision on whether or not a proposal can be taken forward. We expect that to happen early next year.”

Resident Stuart Burr recalls going outside in the early hours after a car left the road at speed, “flying several feet, landing on its wheels, and continuing to travel into the field. It wasn’t wet and it wasn’t frosty and on this occasions the occupants were very lucky to walk away unscathed.”

Another vehicle recently left the road, snapping a concrete post on his property, and the driver didn’t stop to apologise.

Lutton Bank is part of a route from Little London, Long Sutton, to Black Barn, Gedney Drove End, and residents say speed is an issue on the whole length.

A motorist stopped to complain about the road when Coun Peter Coupland (left) met residents on Lutton Bank
A motorist stopped to complain about the road when Coun Peter Coupland (left) met residents on Lutton Bank

Alan andMel Watson, of Black Barn, recall a head-on fatal crash 16 years ago and say seven vehicles, including a lorry and a motorbike, have slid off the roadand gone through a hedge into their drive in the last few years.

Jack Tyrrell is among district councillors supporting the residents - Coun Tyrrell is also calling for drivers to slow down on the approach to University Academy Long Sutton.

* West Pinchbeck residents were celebrating recently after successfully campaigning to get the 40mph limit on Six House Bank cut to 30mph.


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