Spalding Western Relief Road: MP presses council leader to end demolition threat to homes
MP Sir John Hayes has pressed county council leader Martin Hill to end the demolition threat hanging over nine Spalding homes.
The MP believes a previously agreed line for the middle of Spalding Western Relief Road, known as the allotment route - or another in open countryside - should be pursued instead of bulldozing Bourne Road homes.
The council says the middle section, to be funded by house developers, may not be built for a decade or more but the MP fears it may never be built - and the town will have two "roads to nowhere" with the northern and southern ends left as cul-de-sacs.
Sir John met Coun Hill on Monday and told the Spalding Guardian: "Why on earth do we have to demolish houses for a road that may never be built when there are other routes that could be adopted?"
The MP says the allotment route could have a minor change in alignment to take account of a new school site proposed in the local plan.
He said Coun Hill assured him no decision has yet been made.
Spalding councillor Angela Newton had separate talks with Coun Hill on Tuesday and also insists there is no need to demolish homes.
With Bourne Road residents Catherine and Frank Roberts, Coun Newton measured up "some of the eight sites declared" by the county council.
She also asked for detailed maps and costings regarding the council's original figures and pinpointed discrepancies in council paperwork.
Yesterday Coun Newton said: "I am sure with the measurements we provided it is possible for the road to be moved without the need to demolish any one's home.
"Coun Hill told me he had initiated an in-depth review and would definitely bear in mind points I had put forward on behalf of the residents."
* Two homes at the northern end of the relief road - in Pinchbeck - are also in line to be demolished and the owner of one of those says she's been left homeless as a result of council plans, saying she's sleeping in her car or sofa surfing.
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