Opposition grows to Spalding Western Relief Road
Controversy over the proposed Spalding Western Relief Road (SWRR) was further stoked this week when a senior councillor admitted it could be 20-25 years away.
Those who fear Spalding could be left with "two roads to nowhere" - including MP Sir John Hayes - have reaffirmed their opposition.
Bourne Road residents, whose homes could be demolished, worry they will be in limbo and with their lives on hold for years to come.
In a frank interview with the Lincolnshire Free Press, county council leader Martin Hill felt the authority could proceed with the northern and southern sections.
He continued:"But we're not giving an open-ended guarantee this will happen.
"The worst case scenario is that we will have to wait 20-25 years to get all the houses built and then, eventually, there'll be money for the SWRR."
South Holland District Council and the county council didn't tell Bourne residents their homes were in a 'protected corridor' earmarked in the local plan - and many found out only when warned by Spalding councillor Angela Newton in February.
Coun Newton this week welcomed Coun Hill's sympathy for residents who didn't know their homes could be demolished.
She said: “Coun Hill is a fair man and I am hopeful that no other resident in Lincolnshire will suffer such disgusting treatment.
“I am alarmed, however, that he thinks it is okay that the two end sections, with the thousands of additional properties to be built in the northern section, can be built without proper thought being given to relieving the chronic traffic congestion affecting Spalding now.
“Two end bits, leading nowhere, will not solve traffic problems in our town.
“Pinchbeck Road is gridlocked at peak times now.More houses in that location should not be allowed.
“But I do think, if the southern section stretch of road is re-aligned towards Spalding rather than the South Drove drain, after passing over the new proposed railway bridge, and links up with development in that area, some relief could be achieved for residents in that part of town.”
MP Sir John Hayes has asked the housing and planning minister to intervene so Spalding isn't left with two roads to nowhere.
Planning applications are drawn up for the northern and southern ends, and the county council hopes to start work on the northern end this winter.
Sir John also says the southern section could be adapted to relieve traffic congestion now but he is totally opposed to demolition of homes on Bourne Road.
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