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Furious residents whose homes may be demolished protest in Bourne Road, Spalding




Angry residents of Bourne Road in Spalding protested yesterday (Saturday) outside their under-threat homes.

Backed by local councillor Angela Newton and MP Sir John Hayes, not even the blustery weather and showers could prevent their united determination to fight for their homes.

The residents are furious that neither Lincolnshire County Council's highways department or South Holland District Council informed them in February that their properties could be bulldozed to allow the Spalding Western Relief Road. Because of this lack of information, they say they missed four consultation meetings held at that time.

Coun Angela Newton (left) has been very supportive of the protest, organised by Amanda Halifax (centre) and Catherine Roberts. (7664574)
Coun Angela Newton (left) has been very supportive of the protest, organised by Amanda Halifax (centre) and Catherine Roberts. (7664574)

Amanda Halifax and Catherine Roberts, who organised the protest, said Coun Newton has been very supportive. They believe, without her initiative, many would still be unaware of the threat to their homes.

The home owners are also grateful to MP Sir John, who advised he would actively help the residents in every way possible to save their homes, spent time answering questions and said he will be asking for answers from both councils.

He said: "If it is not in keeping with the wishes of local people I will be more than happy to involve Government ministers."

Protestors. (7664572)
Protestors. (7664572)

The 40-plus residents under threat say they are still yet to receive a written apology for what they say is an appalling lack of communication.

Amanda said: "This was only the first of many protests to ensure everyone can sleep easy at night in the knowledge their home is no longer under the threat of a bulldozer.

"An alternative route which does not destroy the lives of families, couples and our senior neighbours, has to be found.

Relief road protestors. (7664566)
Relief road protestors. (7664566)

"The council 'reassurance' that the road may not be built for ten 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 Spalding."

An online petition is to be set up shortly.

MP John Hayes with one of the protest organisers, Amanda Halifax (7664570)
MP John Hayes with one of the protest organisers, Amanda Halifax (7664570)


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