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West Pinchbeck campaigners celebrate as new 30mph signs appear

Residents of Six House Bank at West Pinchbeck are celebrating now 30mph speed limit signs have appeared on their road.

It’s almost two years since a petition organised by seven residents was handed to the parish council, which supported lowering the 40mph limit.

The county council has lowered the limit on about two-thirds of the road, but campaigners want to see the 30mph zone cover the whole length from Bourne Road to Northgate.

Ron Smith and Derek Jackson on Six House Bank
Ron Smith and Derek Jackson on Six House Bank

There are also calls for traffic calming - perhaps speed humps - to make the road safer for residents as well as the parents and children using the route to a primary school.

Derek Jackson, one of the people behind the petition, said: “If you are coming from Bourne Road towards the school, it’s 40mph still until you get about 500 or 600 yards from the school, where it goes to 30mph.

“We have had some comments from local people asking why they (the county council) have not maintained the 30mph along the entire length of Six House Bank.

Ron Smith and Derek Jackson beside one of the new 30mph signs in Six House Bank. (19029026)
Ron Smith and Derek Jackson beside one of the new 30mph signs in Six House Bank. (19029026)

“In the 40mph zone there are houses, the church and the village hall, and at the back of the church is a caravan and camping club site.”

He says some residents in the 40mph stretch were among the 220-plus people who signed the petition.

Among those supporting the residents was local MP Sir John Hayes, district and parish councillor James Avery and parish councillor Terry Moore, who is now the Pinchbeck Community Speedwatch Coordinator, as well as many parents with children at St Bartholomew’s Primary School, which sits on Leaveslake Drove, a few yards off Six House Bank.

In 2014 the parents launched their own petition, which fell by the wayside.

Mr Jackson was the residents’ spokesman when the petition was handed to the parish council, telling members it was about “reducing the risk of death or serious injury to not only young children on their way to and from school in Leaves Lake Drove but to the whole community who use the inadequate and poorly-maintained footpath.”

Coun Moore said it had taken since February to get the 30mph signs installed and about two years in total since the petition was handed in.

“It’s been a long, drawn out job,” he said. “We want to look at traffic-calming measures down there as well - speed humps or things like that.”

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