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Spalding traders welcome Lincolnshire County Council's decision to ditch 'Active travel zone' but the money is going to Stamford, Sutton-on-Sea and Lincoln

A controversial scheme that would have taken away some of Spalding’s on street parking has been ditched after a strong public backlash.

Lincolnshire County Council has revealed that it will not go ahead with its ‘active travel zone’ in the town after 79% of respondents to its consultation were ‘unsupportive’.

Traders had branded the idea a ‘stab in the back’ for removing parking at a time when they are trying to recover from the pandemic.

Sue Stubley celebrates in Spalding town centre (47665823)
Sue Stubley celebrates in Spalding town centre (47665823)

Spalding trader Sue Stubley, who runs Occasions Jewellers in Bridge Street, said: “I am absolutely delighted - I was really chuffed to hear the news.”

She now wants to see the passion shown in opposing the plans channelled into positive energy support for ideas to revitalise the town.

She added: “We have got to keep pushing, we have got to keep moving forward.”

MP Sir John Hayes collected about 200 names on a petition to demonstrate the scale of public opposition.

He said: “It’s an important victory for common sense and for local people.”

He added: “The axe that was hanging over the heads of Spalding and shoppers has been withdrawn.”

Coun Angela Newton said the county council should have spoken to Spalding representatives about the scheme first.

She said: “We should start from scratch and, at the outset, you could get something that the people have been consulted on.”

The scheme would have seen on-street parking in Broad Street, The Crescent, Sheep Market and Double Street removed to make way for cyclists and pedestrians.

The one-way system in The Crescent would also have been extended from the junction with Spring Gardens up to Sheep Market.

The council says 15% of respondents to its public consultation supported the scheme.

Residents in Spalding, Boston and Mablethorpe turned down active travel zones - with proposals supported in Grantham, Lincoln, Louth, Skegness and Sturton by Stow.

The council will now look to spend some of the £799,000 Government funding on Stamford, Sutton-on-Sea and Lincoln instead of the three areas that turned plans down.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport at the county council, said: “We were clear when we launched this consultation that only those schemes with public support would get the go ahead.”

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