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Spalding relief road threat to homes: residents awaiting a crucial council meeting on January 7




A first victory in the battle to save their homes gave Spalding Bourne Road residents a chance to thank councillors who stuck up for them.

Councillors Angela Newton and Elizabeth Sneath spoke at the county council committee that voted unanimously for a relief road route change to save nine homes from the bulldozers.

Residents popped a champagne cork or two at the “forever home” of Frank and Catherine Roberts to celebrate the news and thank councillors Newton and Sneath.

Frank and Catherine Roberts (centre, front) with, from left, Tracy Holland, Richard Holland, Audrey Willows, Amanda Halifax, Ken Willows, Coun Elizabeth Sneath, Alan Porter and Coun Angela Newton
Frank and Catherine Roberts (centre, front) with, from left, Tracy Holland, Richard Holland, Audrey Willows, Amanda Halifax, Ken Willows, Coun Elizabeth Sneath, Alan Porter and Coun Angela Newton

Catherine said: “With time to reflect over the past few days following the meeting in Lincoln, it’s not really a win, we just feel we have moved a step closer to retaining the what was ours anyway.

“Every waking moment has been spent trying to get councillors to see reason, and choose a route which does not destroy homes.

“It makes us cross that anyone could think bulldozing homes was acceptable, and we are still kept awake at night thinking about what could have happened if - together - we had not formed our little army to fight.”

Catherine said residents are grateful to the council highways committee members for “listening to our plea and caring aboutthe families under the felt tip line”.

But residents, who have suffered 10 months of stress, will be uneasy until the council’s ruling executive delivers its verdict on January 7.

The council highways and transport scrutiny committee recommended a route that goes through a Bourne Road industrial site.

Neighbour Amanda Halifax said residents have received council letters showing Trojan Wood (the industrial site) as the recommended route, and hope that is confirmed by the executive on January 7 so no-one loses their home.

She said: “I am so happy for everyone on Bourne Road and I hope the council are truly sorry for what they have put us all through over the last 10 months.

“After the dreaded summer we can now have a happy Christmas so thank you to all the councillors, Angela and Liz, Sir John Hayes MP, who supported us all the way, and of course the press who have given us all many front page headlines.”

* Two homes at the northern (Pinchbeck) end of the relief road are due to be demolished, and one of the homeowners spoke to us about her life becoming a "living hell".

Among our previous stories are ...

Spalding Western Relief Road: Now it's a Government review

Spalding relief road shock: 'I stood there as if someone had shot me ...'

Spalding Western Relief Road: MP presses council leader to end demolition threat to homes

Real cost of Spalding relief road is measured in worry, sleepless nights and tears

'Spalding relief road will cost us our homes'


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