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Highways chiefs say there are no plans to move controversial bike racks from a town centre.

Lincolnshire County Council installed the green car shaped bike racks in Spalding’s Sheep Market and Herring Lane last year using Government cash to support the town’s recovery after Covid.

The council was granted more than £100,000 by the Department of Transport from the first round of the emergency active travel fund to support the installation of temporary projects.

The bike rack is situated
The bike rack is situated

Concerns were raised in the town about the shape and siting of the bike racks at the time.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “There are no plans to remove the racks at the present time but we always listen to residents’ suggestions on these matters.

“If residents suggest a better place for the racks then we will consider all aspects of the comments carefully.”

However, last year the council said the racks would be temporary.

In October 2020, Coun Davies said: “The DfT gave us very short timescales to install the changes when we were awarded the funding and there just wasn’t time to get feedback from every community about each bike parking location.

“I want to emphasise that these changes are all on a trial basis – so if they work they’ll stay and if they don’t, we can rethink.”

South Holland district councillor and cabinet member Gary Taylor feels that the racks should be moved.

He said: “They should be relocated to a more suitable location as it seems the location is the problem rather than the bike racks.

“The Sheep Market rack is in a prominent position and does take up a parking space. I would suggest that this is located a short distance away to the Sheep Market toilets.

“The Herring Lane bike rack is next to a business loading bay and could be moved.”

Fellow councillor Harry Drury had last year raised concerns about the location of the racks.

In October he said: “As much as I support cycling and it’s contribution to a greener environment, I also believe there are far more suitable places for them to be situated where they would not be taking up valuable car parking spaces and a loading bay space at a time where they are needed most to support our local shops and businesses.”

l What do you think? Send your views to jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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