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People across South Holland are being urged to unite to fight the scourge of speeding motorists – with issues affecting communities across our area.

In recent weeks residents have raised issues in Gedney Dyke and Moulton Chapel –
following on from long-standing complaints in the likes of Pinchbeck, Gosberton and Quadring and Weston Hills.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott believes that joining forces on a campaign could be more powerful than treating each case in isolation – and that a strong voice is needed to finally force action.

George Scott. (50418966)
George Scott. (50418966)

He said: “If we group together, we can put some pressure on somebody.

“If not, nothing is going to get done. It could save somebody’s life and that could be a family member, that’s what I am concerned about.

“There must be a solution. I know speed cameras are not popular, but what’s the alternative?”

Inspector Nick Waters
Inspector Nick Waters

Mr Scott is particularly keen to get a camera in Spalding’s Pinchbeck Road and is frustrated with the lack of progress from the authorities in sorting this, despite widespread knowledge of the issues.

A speed-activated sign near the new road construction site has been moved to Northgate, Pinchbeck – although the vast majority of road users were found to ignore this anyway.

The news comes as the speed limit on the A151 is finally set to be cut following a series of crashes.

The stretch between Weston and Moulton will drop from 60mph to 50mph, with a fall from 50mph to 40mph between Moulton and Whaplode.

Jan Whitbourn
Jan Whitbourn

Signs for the new speeds are due to be put up on the week beginning November 29.

The county council is also conducting a review of the speed limit in the A152 Quadring Road in Gosberton.

A council spokesman said: “Requests for new speed limits should be submitted to the local county councillor in the first instance, who will then pass them to the highways team for assessment. Enquiries relating to the enforcement of existing speed limits should be raised with the police.”

Three of the district’s neighbourhood teams – The Suttons, Spalding North Rural and Spalding East Rural – currently have speeding as a top priority, while the force’s safer roads team is joining in with Road Safety Week, run by charity Brake, this week.

Inspector Nick Waters, of South Holland Neighbourhood Policing, said: “We would encourage anyone with any concerns to raise them with their local community support officer.”

Residents who are fed up with speeding in their area can also join community speed watch teams and head out with speed guns in teams of three.

A training session to meet ‘overwhelming demand’ for new recruits is being held over Zoom on Monday, January 10.

Co-ordinator Jan Whitbourn said: “We have got to get out there and keep pushing on this.

“It’s not about getting people fined or tickets, the idea is to get them to slow down and stop them speeding.”

  • Contact the transport forum via www.spaldingtransportforum.co.uk or by emailing spaldingtransportforum@gmail.com
  • To find your local community support officers, visit www.lincs.police.uk/about-us/your-area/
  • To find out more about Speed watch contact Jan via email on jan@tulip-events.co.uk or call 07779895388.

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