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Spalding lacks direction by the 'Powers That Be,' says letter writer

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Here are my observations about the apparent lack of direction by the “Powers That Be” of the once pleasant market town of Spalding.

My family moved here in 1998, and how has it changed? From a friendly area to a place with so many negative vibes.

South Holland District Council in charge, no town council to look after the interests of the indigenous people who live here. Cram more Lego houses into every available space, but do nothing about the parlous state of the Spring Street PO Sorting Office, the Old Johnson Hospital, The Bull and Monkey, et all.

A list of suggestions of how to improve Spalding town centre has been published. Photo supplied. (43132360)
A list of suggestions of how to improve Spalding town centre has been published. Photo supplied. (43132360)

Spalding Traffic Congestion

It was good to note that Coun Angela Newton raised concerns about the zebra crossing at Hawthorn Bank and Bourne Road. How would it be to put total parking restrictions on one side of the road? Would anybody like to raise concerns about the total chaos between St Thomas’ Road, Winsover Road and into the centre of town? Pedestrians on Winsover Road, press a button, wait for nearly two minutes for the lights to change. Meanwhile the traffic is going nowhere, so the pedestrians cross the road, leaving the lights to change for the phantom pedestrians.

Nobody there, but the traffic has to stop. Take all the traffic lights away from Winsover Road, St Thomas’ Road, Station Gates, Swan Street and Winfrey Avenue. Install mini roundabouts – everyone would have a fair chance of moving, without traffic lights stopping them. Like they do in Bourne.

The whole traffic “control system” in Spalding is totally outdated – but who cares? These issues were raised with Lincs Highways some five years ago. Action: none.

Network Rail

They have spent £220m installing a state of the art tunnel at Peterborough, to enable freight trains to be diverted away from the East Coast Main Line. Guess where these trains are going. Through Spalding en-route to Doncaster or King’s Cross or Felixstowe.

Network Rail have also spent £2.5m on state of the art lifts at Spalding Station to enable disabled access. Yet most of the passenger trains, few as they are, are diverted onto Platform 1. Don’t need lifts for getting over the line, when the trains don’t stop there!

I spent 12 minutes at Hawthorn Bank level crossing a couple of days ago. I got fed up with waiting and turned back from whence I had come. It transpired the railway gates were down for about 30 minutes, due to a signalling error.

Spalding Western Relief Road

As a personal opinion, a total waste of money. £100m spending on a wasted project, just to create another Lego City. If Network Rail want to run freight trains through Spalding, creating chaos, maybe they should install a bypass track running from South Drove, across Bourne Road, and connecting with the line at Pinchbeck, leaving the Spalding line to the upgraded Spalding Station for the commuter trains. The proposed Western Relief Road will have bridges over a number of rail lines. Dig a tunnel for the railway under Vernatts Drain, another tunnel for the relief road, side by side for rail and cars, put a couple of signal barriers on the road instead of hugely expensive bridges. Job done. No need to spend millions on bridges for a vanity project!

But are another 3,000-plus houses needed?

Paul Matten

via email


Looking for peace? Jesus is the answer

It has been a challenging time with the Covid pandemic, restrictions, discontent, disappointments, mental health issues, rumours of wars and culture wars. We are living in crazy times; it is easy to lose our personal peace as fear and anxiety surrounds us.

The bible gives us an answer to all these fears that can invade our peace. In Isaiah 9:6 it states about Jesus, that he is the ‘Prince of Peace.’

This verse was a prophecy written about 700 to 800 years before He was born. We also read in Ephesians 2:17: “ And He (Jesus) came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.” The missing piece of peace in our lives comes directly from the Prince of Peace.

Are you looking for peace in your heart as we go into this New Year? The answer is in Jesus. How can I say that, you may ask? I can say this because I have known and still experience His peace in my life. As a family, through all the difficulties we have faced, we have experienced this peace of God, even in the middle of our life storms.

You may ask how do I obtain this peace? The answer is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul, and to love your neighbour as yourself”. When we do that... there is peace!

I finish these few thoughts with these verses from Philippians 4:7-8 (ESV). “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

May the God of peace fill your hearts with His peace this coming year.

Chas Sandhu

Community Pastor

Lighthouse Church

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