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MP joins Spalding residents as they protest about bulldozer threat to their homes




MP Sir John Hayes and district councillor Angela Newton backed angry Spalding residents protesting outside family homes threatened by bulldozers.

Up to nine Bourne Road homes could be flattened to make way for Spalding Western Relief Road.

That news came as a bombshell to home owners as protest organisers say Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council didn’t warn them.

Coun Angela Newton (left), and MPSir John Hayes with protest organisers Amanda Halifax (centre) and Catherine Roberts. (090319-078)
Coun Angela Newton (left), and MPSir John Hayes with protest organisers Amanda Halifax (centre) and Catherine Roberts. (090319-078)

Sir John has already spoken of his outrage at the way residents learned the news, saying everyone should have been told personally.

Residents Amanda Halifax and Catherine Roberts, who organised Saturday’s protest, repeated their thanks to district and county councillor Angela Newton for warning them of the demolition threat.

MP Sir John Hayes with one of the protest organisers, Amanda Halifax. (090319-076)
MP Sir John Hayes with one of the protest organisers, Amanda Halifax. (090319-076)

The county council says the road may not be built for years but residents say they are suffering now - existing house sales have stopped, homes are devalued, home improvement projects have been shelved, and they are in limbo.

Amanda Halifax said: “The council reassurance that the road may not be built for 10 years is no consolation and only adds to the stress and uncertainty.

“Up to nine properties could be senselessly destroyed in pursuit of further housing development in Spalding.”

Starting on February 12, the county council held four drop-in sessions where residents could have asked questions about the relief road plan.

But Amanda says residents were unaware that the road would affect them.

County councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, has apologised via the press and at a public meeting called by Coun Newton.

Amanda said: "A written apology for the appalling lack of communication has still to be received by the 40 or so residents under threat."

Amanda and Catherine say Saturday's protest was the first of many "to ensure everyone can sleep easy at night in the knowledge that their home is no longer under the threat of the bulldozer", and a suitable alternative route found.

The South Holland and the Deepings MP is now seeking talks with Coun Davies.

Bourne Road resident Don Churchman (85) at Saturday's protest. (090319-075)
Bourne Road resident Don Churchman (85) at Saturday's protest. (090319-075)

* In our first published story on the demolition threat, widower Don Churchman (85) said "I think it will kill me" if he were to lose his home.

We also published two stories from a public meeting rapidly convened by Coun Newton and you can read those by clicking here and here.

The county and district council will jointly speak to residents at meetings on April 1 and 2, some seven weeks after the first drop-in consultation on the road.

Read our interview with Sir John, when he revealed his outrage over the plan, here.


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