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Crowland residents are fighting against plans for a pumping station with 61 lorry spaces

Residents say a “monstrosity” pumping station is going to increase traffic on a busy road.

People living in The Roostings, Crowland, are fighting against Redcharge Roadside Services Ltd plans to build a service station with 61 lorry spaces on land between James Road and the A16.

They have raised concerns about the impact of articulated and refrigerated lorries turning onto James Road from the station to get back onto the A17 along noise and light levels.

James Road in Crowland (46780563)
James Road in Crowland (46780563)

Residents also fear that their voices have not been heard as Crowland Parish Council has not objected to the plan but said it needed to address the concerns of local community and suggested changes.

James Astill described the plans as a ‘monstrosity’ and raised concerns about the traffic on James Road and speeds.

He said: “The traffic is a nightmare at the best of times but it is going to be worse with lorries turning into it.

“It is a road traffic death waiting to happen.

“They are going to put a lot of traffic on there and it seems like there could have been so many better places for that to go. Radar Corner would have been ideal.”

Another resident Lydia Buddle (34) has also raised concerns about the traffic along with the impact of noise from the lorry park on residents.

She said:”Think about the people that have to live next to this.

“I work in mental health and I am really concerned about the impact this is going to have.”

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, questioned the timing of a conducting a traffic survey during the lockdown and also feels residents’ concerns have not been listened to.

She said: “As a resident they should have listened to our objections.”

Crowland Parish Council chairman David Kempton said members have not supported or objected to the plan.

“We did allow a representative from The Roostings to speak at our meeting and in our response we did say that planning officers need to take into account the comments of the residents.”

The council’s planning statement to the district council says there are benefits of having a filling station nearby and highlighted that overnight lorry parking has become a concern.

Councillors suggested that improvements should be made to the road along with the site layout.It also suggested a substantial noise abating barrier along with creating an additional HGV exit onto A16.

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