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New Gedney Dyke road 'step in the right direction' to easing congestion

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Plans for a new road to ease heavy traffic travelling through a village are a ‘step in the right direction’ according to a concerned resident.

Gedney Dyke villagers demanded action was taken to slow down the speeding traffic during a public meeting - which was called last year after grower JEPCO applied to glasshouse for a hydroponics system in Main Road, Gedney Drove End.

Now the company has submitted a further planning application to build a new roadway to link the B1359 - and existing private Worth’s road - to Roman Bank in order to provide access to the A17, while bypassing the village.

Stuart Piccaver from J E Piccaver in Gedney Drove End
Stuart Piccaver from J E Piccaver in Gedney Drove End

The news has been welcomed by resident Richard Lane - who now feels that the county’s highways team need to look at the busy Lowgate junction with the A17.

He said: “It is a step in the right direction and hopefully it will help the village. I am glad that it is happening but we still can’t teleport lorries out of Gedney Dyke.

“Highways should now be looking at Lowgate as there is going to be an increase in traffic on an already busy road.”

JEPCO is hoping to create a hydroponics greenhouse to establish a more secure growing environment to protect crops - and to protect food supply after feeling the effects of climate change.

The firm lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in a matter of minutes as more frequent hail storms battered salad leaf crops grown in fields in the Gedney Marsh area.

The company now has applied to South Holland District Council to create a new roadway to the north of Gedney Dyke which would link to Roman Bank and then onto the A17.

The application is proposing a ‘strict traffic regime on all vehicles entering and leaving the site to ensure a minimal impact on the operations of the A17’.

The application states: “JEPCO and its local partners are conscious of the effects of their operations on the local community at Gedney, and are determined to minimise the detrimental effects of any further development in the local area. The construction of this new road development across privately owned land will serve to remove all but essential traffic from the surrounding villages and provide local businesses and residents with improved access to the wide road network.”

South Holland district councillor Jo Reynolds said: “The tractors which go through the village take up most of the road and then having all those lorries going through it was going to be awful for villagers.”

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