Free Press letters
Changes need to be made
Regarding your article in the Free Press last week regarding a road rage incident at the A17/A16 Sutterton Roundabout.
Every working day I return home along the A17 from Sleaford towards Fosdyke. I sent the following email to Lincolnshire Highways and the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership in April of this year:
“Ref the recently-changed lane markings eastbound on the A17 at the A17/A16 Roundabout at Sutterton. I pass through this junction every working day.
The changes to the lane markings when approaching the roundabout from Sleaford have made the roundabout dangerous. A large percentage of traffic from Sleaford is either unaware of the lane change or is ignoring it, creating near-misses as two lanes of King’s Lynn-bound traffic tries to negotiate the roundabout side by side and exit into a single lane.
I am aware of at least one accident as a result. I personally have now had two near-misses. I fear the issue is going to get worse as summer traffic for Norfolk increases. I suggest there are two solutions: (a) Install prominent “new road layout ahead” signage before the two-lane approach, advising of the changed lane arrangement; (b) Change the lane markings to make it more intuitive and install new signage.
Under the second option, I suggest the left-hand lane should be for the first two exits: Sutterton and Boston (there is virtually none for Sutterton, as it will have turned left at the previous junctions). The right-hand lane should be for the second two exits: King’s Lynn and Spalding. I favour the second option of remarking the lanes and new signage.”
Since I sent the email, I have seen several minor accidents and regularly see near-misses.
Highways contacted me and sympathetically discussed the matter in April, but no changes have been made.
When the Scouts met at shoe shop
Your article on Gibbs shoe shop’s 110 years in business brought back memories of a function it served at one point during the war years.
Its manager at that time was Bill (Pop) Start, a charismatic man well known in the town and twice chairman of the Spalding Urban District Council.
Pop Start was also scoutmaster of the 1st Spalding Town Scout Troop, whose meeting place had been the old Corn Exchange; but that venue suddenly became unavailable.
As a consequence, for a couple of months (as I remember), the weekly meeting was held in the shoe shop. With 25 or 30 boys, it was a bit of a squash, especially as the shop was only half as wide then as it is now, but it kept us together until another meeting place was found.