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Spalding residents call for dip near their homes to be sorted

Concerned residents are fed-up with the “minor earth tremors” created by lorries going over a significant dip outside their homes.

People living in Halmergate, in Spalding, report brick dust and rattling crockery as trucks travel over the dip.

Now they are calling on Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways team to sort out the dip after reporting it numerous times over the FixMyStreet website.

The dip in Halmergate, Spalding
The dip in Halmergate, Spalding

Linda Bond, who lives close to the site, said the dip has become worse in recent months.

She said: “When big lorries go over it’s like a mini earth tremor.

“I can feel the floor shake. Pictures shift in position when something goes by.

“One of my neighbours reported that brick dust comes down.

“I would say that the dip has got worse over the last eight or nine weeks.

“It really needs repairing.”

Ms Bond said the dip has been growing worse over the last few years.

She said in 2018 there was work done to the drain and it has never been repaired properly.

Ms Bond said: “They came out a couple of times and have just skimmed it.”

She has reported the problem to the county council’s fixmystreet website over numerous occasions and the problem still has not been resolved.

On the last occasion, she was told that no action was planned to repair the dip.

Ms Bond said: “I am really angry with the response. I shouldn’t feel the vibrations from a lorry going over the dip.”

The Exeter drain runs below Halmergate but South Holland Internal Drainage Board says that the culvert belongs to the county council.

Richard Fenwick, county highways manager, said the issues is being looked into

He said: “Halmergate in Spalding is one of a number of sites across the county where the very wet weather we had earlier this year has revealed a problem with ground conditions and caused a dipping of the road surface.

“We’re investigating these – including Halmergate – to see exactly what is causing the problem and how it can be fixed.

“We’re also monitoring the sites and if we need to carry out temporary repairs to keep the road safe before a long-term solution is found, we will do.

“I’m sorry for the confusion caused to residents who received an automated ‘no further action’ message from our FixMyStreet service – that is not the case and we are investigating the problem.”

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