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Sutton Bridge Parish Council concerned for safety of primary pupils

Sutton Bridge Parish Council news. (2360045)
Sutton Bridge Parish Council news. (2360045)

There’s concern for the safety of primary school pupils with parents illegally parking on the crossing zig-zag lines.

Council chairman John Grimwood has seen drivers flouting the zig-zag lines outside Westmere Primary.

“It amazes me that they will sit on the zig-zag lines and wait for the children to go in,” he said.

Members agreed their clerk Robert Smith should ask the school to alert parents about the potential danger.

* Traffic surveys have proven that drivers are breaking speed limits on Bridge Road and New Road, but Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership says camera enforcement will be carried out on Bridge Road alone because it has a sufficiently high accident record to qualify.

* Councillors will ask British Gas to reinstate grassed areas on New Road following its work there.

In other parish council news:

* The fire-wrecked, derelict Bridge Hotel may be sold, councillors heard.

Clerk Robert Smith said the building’s owner had been in contact to say they intended to put it “up on the open market”.

The hotel was once the hub of village life but since it closed a few years ago has fallen into ruin with repeated vandalism and an arson attack in 2016.

* Police won praise for their fight against hare coursing with Sutton Bridge reportedly seeing fewer incidents than they’ve had in “many, many years”.

Farmer and parish councillor Michael Booth said police were quick to respond to calls on 101.

“I think they have done a

fantastic job,” he told last week’s meeting.

* Councillors are concerned about the fate of children’s services at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

They are writing to Government Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes, NHS England, and the body that runs the hospital, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, asking that services should be maintained.

* Councillors unanimously turned down a request for wedding night fireworks on Memorial Park because they fear residents will be disturbed.

The request was for June 29 and members say it won’t get dark until late at night.

Coun Diane Cook said: “There’s an awful lot of people that won’t be able to sleep.”

* The parish council is opposing a planning application for 60 new homes on land north of Nightingale Way.

The application to South Holland District Council has come from Mr and Mrs A Putterill, of J Putterill and Sons Ltd.

Members heard the land is outside the area earmarked for residential development in the emerging local plan.

Coun Anne Scarlett said there were too many houses for the infrastructure and she was unhappy with the proposed single access.

* The council awarded a £300 grant to Sutton Bridge in Bloom to buy plants.

Council chairman John Grimwood said: “I think the ‘in Bloom’ team do a wonderful job throughout the year, especially in the summer time, enhancing our village.They make the place a far better place to live in.”

Coun Grimwood said he’s sure more volunteers would be welcome.

* Police have twice reviewed CCTV footage following incidents at the Curlew Centre.

Parish clerk Robert Smith said one involved theft of a security camera at the centre and the second related to threatening behaviour.

He said a haulier has agreed to pay for repairs following a collision with a bench on the village green.

* A parish councillor is concerned about unauthorised signs popping up in spots where they could distract drivers or inconvenience wheelchair or mobility scooter users.

Coun Terry York highlighted a number of potential trouble spots.

* Sutton Bridge will hold its annual service at the Propeller Memorial, beside Cross Keys Bridge, at 3pm on Sunday, September 2, councillors heard.


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